Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas deputy shoots suspected gun trafficker at Largo hotel

LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy shot a man several times Friday night in the parking lot of the Suburban Lodge in the 6500 block of Ulmerton Road.

The incident occurred about 8 p.m. after deputies learned that a gun trafficker was setting up a deal to buy guns at the lodge, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

The suspect arrived and backed into a parking spot. Deputies approached the car and asked the man to get out, but he drove forward toward and reached into his waistband. Deputies told him to stop. A deputy fired when he didn't comply, Gualtieri said.

The man was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. His name and condition were not made available late Friday night.

Gualtieri said deputies found two guns and drugs inside the man's car.

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