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Tampa man who pointed gun at officers dies of wounds

TAMPA — Police say the man accused of pointing his gun at officers earlier this week has died.

Umberto Ferrara, 74, of Tampa, suffered two gunshot wounds Tuesday morning. Tampa police said he called 911 at 6:04 a.m. alerting them that he was armed and prepared to kill himself. Officers heard gunfire when they arrived four minutes later.

Officer Dan Evers, 42, approached the house and saw Ferrara sitting on the back porch, with a gunshot wound to his head, firing into the yard, Tampa police said.

Evers told Ferrara to drop the gun, but he pointed the weapon at the officer instead, police say. Evers fired at least one shot, police said.

Ferrara was taken to Tampa General Hospital with two wounds, and it remains unclear if both were self-inflicted. Doctors were reluctant to remove the bullets while there was a chance Ferrara would survive. Police expect an autopsy by the Hillsborough County medical examiner to recover the bullets and determine whose gun fired them.

Ferrara's family told detectives that he had been depressed for the past six weeks over health issues.

Evers is a 10-year-veteran of the Tampa Police Department. He had retired after 12 years of service with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Tampa man who pointed gun at officers dies of wounds 07/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:08pm]
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