Man shot and killed by Clearwater police officer after refusing to drop gun

A 34-year-old man died Thursday morning after a Clearwater police officer shot him because he refused commands to drop his gun.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – A 34-year-old man died Thursday morning after a Clearwater police officer shot him because he refused commands to drop his gun.

Police officers responded to a call of an armed suicidal man around 12:27 a.m. Thursday at an apartment on Druid Road between South Belcher Road and University Drive West.

The Clearwater Police Department said multiple witnesses heard officers tell the man to drop his handgun. The man threatened an officer on the scene, according to Clearwater police.

After the man was shot, officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on the man.

The man died at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, according to Clearwater police.

The Clearwater Police Department will place the officer who shot the man on administrative leave.

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