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Pinellas Park woman, 42, dies days after husband targeted her

Members of the Pinellas Park police SWAT team at the scene where a husband barricaded himself in his home on April 10 after repeatedly shooting his wife at her workplace. He was later killed by police gunfire, and she was pronounced dead six days later on Tuesday, police said. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Apr. 16

PINELLAS PARK — A 42-year-old woman who was repeatedly shot by her husband on April 10 outside her workplace died on Tuesday, police said.

Anna Wittman died six days after she was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for emergency medical treatment. Her family declined to speak to a Tampa Bay Times reporter on Tuesday.

Her husband died hours after the shooting, killed by SWAT gunfire after a 6½-hour standoff, according to Pinellas Park police.

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The incident started that morning when Anna May Wittman was taken from her workplace, Tampa Bay Imaging, at gunpoint by husband David Eugene Wittman, police said. He shot her, then fled. The 911 call came in at 7:39 a.m. as a "verbal domestic dispute," but police still have not said what led to the shooting.

Meanwhile, police tracked the husband to the couple's home at 6749 80th Ave N. and saw him brandishing a firearm Police also believed he may have had an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and other weapons inside the house.

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That's when the SWAT team was called in. Pinellas Park police Capt. Brian Unmisig told reporters last week. Negotiations went "back and forth" with the husband, who at times held a firearm while talking to police.

More than six hours later, at about 2:23 p.m. police said the SWAT team tried to take him into custody using non-lethal force. But it didn't work and the man armed himself.

Two SWAT officers ended up fatally shooting the husband in what police called a "deadly force encounter." No gunshots were fired at the officers, police said, but no other details about what led to the shooting have been released.

Contact McKenna Oxenden at Follow @mack_oxenden.


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