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Pasco gunman killed in shootout with deputies identified as felon

Authorities identified the man shot and killed after he opened fire on Pasco County deputies Saturday as a felon with previous gun charges.

The man, 30-year-old Christos P. Marangos, had a last known address of 14006 Village Terrace Drive near Tampa, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies were looking for a suspect in a rash of burglaries when their investigation led to a mobile home at 5702 Columbia Drive in Sunshine Park in New Port Richey.

When deputies went into the home just after 6 p.m. Saturday, Marangos began shooting and the deputies returned fire, the Sheriff's Office said.

Marangos retreated into another room of the home and the deputies stayed inside until a SWAT team arrived around 7:15 p.m. Marangos was found dead in the other room.

The Sheriff's Office said Saturday it believed Marangos' fatal wound came from the deputies' gunfire and was not self-inflicted. No deputies were injured.

Sharon Bishop, 68, who owns the mobile home, said it had been unoccupied and she had no idea who Marangos was or why he was in her home.

"He had no business being there," she said.

Bishop of Holiday said park residents told her after the shooting they had seen Marangos — with two women and a man — staying there for about a week.

Neighbors said they had seen evidence there was drug dealing going on, with a "steady stream of drug users" going by since Marangos started squatting there, Bishop said.

Three deputies were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard in law enforcement shootings. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting and the Sheriff's Office will investigate Marangos' death.

Authorities said they believe Marangos was responsible for a series of attempted burglaries late Friday night and early Saturday in western Pasco County.

Marangos has a lengthy criminal history. In 1996, at age 15, he was accused of threatening to shoot his mother during an argument and was charged with aggravated assault.

He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2001 after convictions on charges of burglary and carjacking with a deadly weapon in Pasco, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

In 2009, Marangos was convicted of cocaine trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Hillsborough County and was sentenced to three years in prison. Records show he was released from prison in October.

Pasco gunman killed in shootout with deputies identified as felon 08/07/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2011 11:24pm]
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