Pasco deputies shoot man they said fired at them with pellet gun

Pasco deputies said they tried to get the man to drop his weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun.

Pasco deputies said they shot a man after he fired at them with a pellet gun.

Preliminary information says the suspect was shot multiple times in the legs by the two deputies in the incident at U.S. 19 and Gulf Boulevard at about 7:40 p.m..

According to sheriff's department spokesman Chris Beaman, the suspect, whose name has not been released, is a white man in his 30s. Beaman said he had made two 911 calls that indicated he was "homicidal."

The deputies, unaware of the calls, encountered the man, who was carrying what appeared to be a black firearm. They tried to talk the man into dropping it, but he raised the gun and fired at them, striking one in the leg.

The deputy was not seriously hurt.

The deputies returned fire. The suspect has been taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The deputies, who have not been named, are a seven-year vet and one in field training.

Beaman said the suspect has several convictions dating back to 2012, including for battery.

Gulf Boulevard will be closed in the area as the investigation continues,

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