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Pasco County detective identified in Tommytown shooting

DADE CITY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a vice and narcotics detective who shot a suspect in Tommytown on Tuesday.

Detective Daniel Green, 38, has been on paid administrative leave since shooting Mildred "Chrissy" Pace, 33, near Pinellas and Seminole avenues.

Pace, who was hit in the abdomen, is still in the hospital recovering from her injury, said her friend Tina Marie Dinapoli, 37.

A gun was stolen

Pace was a suspect in two burglaries and refused to stop and show her hands when repeatedly commanded by deputies, the Sheriff's Office said. A gun was stolen in one of the burglaries, so deputies assumed she could be armed. When Pace made a movement toward the deputies, Green shot her, the Sheriff's Office said.

Green worked with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office before joining Pasco in March 2005. He has had excellent reviews and no disciplinary actions against him in his time with the Sheriff's Office, according to his personnel files.

His file is filled with letters from people thanking him for his service. Senior Circuit Judge Robert Beach thanked Green for his help with the trial of Alfredie Steele, who was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Pasco sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison. A supervisor with the Safe Children Coalition of Pasco praised Green for being very professional and nonjudgmental. Citizens expressed gratitude for him finding everything from a stolen van to a missing granddaughter.

"You are a shining example of what an officer should be," wrote Sheriff Bob White to Green. When people write to the Sheriff's Office about a deputy, the sheriff responds to the writer — and sends a note to that deputy. All are placed in the deputy's file.

Green began as a deputy and became a detective in 2007, after only two years with the agency. His reviews describe him as hardworking and motivated with a "high level of commitment and dedication." His most recent review in April said Green "leads the entire unit in arrests."

Green "has a command presence, authoritative demeanor and quickly gains control of volatile scenes," wrote Sgt. Giuseppe Cucchiara.

Green graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1990 and has a degree in horticulture from Pasco-Hernando Community College, as well as law enforcement academy degrees from Withlacoochee Technical Institute and St. Petersburg College. In his application to the Sheriff's Office, Green wrote:

"It gives me a good sense of accomplishment to give back to the community where I grew up."

As is the case in any officer-related shooting, Green is on leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

Pasco County detective identified in Tommytown shooting 10/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:07pm]
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