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Largo man taken into custody after asking police to shoot him

Published Jul. 30, 2013

LARGO — Police engaged in a 15-minute standoff early Monday with a man who reportedly asked officers to shoot him and repeatedly pressed a gun to his own head.

The man was not identified, but police said he was undergoing a mental health evaluation at Largo Medical Center on Monday morning. Officers responded shortly after midnight to 14531 Walsingham Road, after the man had walked into a neighbor's apartment, allegedly intoxicated and saying he wanted police to shoot him, authorities said.

Officers reached the man by phone and eventually persuaded him to come outside. The man allegedly carried a rifle and a handgun, prompting the 15-minute standoff.

According to police, the man pointed the gun at his head and asked officers to shoot him multiple times.

When he turned and looked like he was going back into his apartment, police used what they termed "a less lethal shotgun round" to subdue him.

The man was hit three times, authorities said, and he dropped the weapons. He tried to run, police said, but officers used a Taser to stop him.

Authorities said the man was taken into custody with only superficial injuries.


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