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Man shot by officer at Tampa International Airport

11:43 PM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A man is dead after reportedly being shot by an officer in the long-term parking garage at Tampa International Airport.

At 4:30 p.m., a Tampa Airport police officer allegedly approached a man who said he was watching planes from the 8th floor of the short-term parking garage. A background check revealed that the person was a sex offender.

According to a TIA spokesperson, the man's probation officer claimed Pinellas County officials were preparing to issue a warrant for his arrest. The probation officer also reported that a shotgun was missing from the home of the man's parents, with whom he lived.

At 5 p.m., the officer reportedly found the man on the 4th floor of the long-term parking garage. He was sitting in his car with a gun in his mouth. The man exited his car and allegedly lunged at the officer, who shot him. The man then reportedly turned and jumped from the parking garage.

The officer involved is on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

The identity of the man will be released after next of kin is notified.

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