Tarpon Springs police identified Sunday the man killed over the weekend in what investigators said was an officer-involved shooting
Nicholas A. Provenza, 25, was shot by an officer after he came at him with a knife, according to police. Provenza, of Palm Harbor, was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. Tarpon Springs police reported no previous contact with Provenza.
Police spokesman Maj. Jeffrey Young would not identify the officer Sunday.
Police said the officer was working a uniformed, off-duty shift at a car show when visitors pointed him to Provenza, who was riding a bike and reported to look suspicious. The officer approached him near Tarpon and Safford avenues about 1:30 p.m. Provenza at first gave a name that didn't show up when the officer searched records, police said.
He gave a different last name. When the officer said it into the radio, he abruptly paused.
"Shots fire, shots fired, shots fired," the officer said, according to police. "He came at me with a knife."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting with help from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.