Hillsborough deputy shoots man wielding screwdriver, sheriff's office says

The sheriff's office said the shooting happened after Babak Payrow pulled a 10-inch screwdriver out of his bag.

TAMPA, Fla. - A man is in critical condition at a hospital Thursday morning after a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy shot him.

The sheriff’s office said the shooting happened after Babak Payrow pulled a 10-inch screwdriver out of his bag, and approached the sheriff’s deputy early Thursday morning on Brushy Creek Drive near Turner Road in Carrollwood Meadows.

Payrow was shot at least once, according to the sheriff's office.

The deputy gave Payrow numerous commands to back up, but the man continued to walk towards him, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy was not injured and will be placed on routine administrative leave.

Payrow, 35, has criminal charges pending.

Detectives learned Payrow has a prior arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence charges and resisting arrest of law enforcement personnel.

Payrow has family in the area and often walks to visit them, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said the deputy noticed Payrow walking along the road and got out of his car to talk to him.

The investigation is ongoing.

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