Moon Lake, Florida-- The Pasco County Sheriff called his deputies heroes on Monday at a press conference and apologized for not better informing the public about a deadly stand-off shooting on Friday night.
A neighbor who lives behind, 62-year-old Robin Kaminski, thought she was going to be shot when she heard rapid gunfire around 9:00.
"I grabbed my dogs and crouched down by the couches," said the neighbor, Linda Bright.
Bright lives directly behind Kaminski. His Harley Davidson Trailer was shot up during the gunfire exchange, that trailer is about 40 feet from Bright's bedroom.
"It was so loud and I could not believe what I was hearing!" said Bright.
Kaminski had tried to fire his gun at a Pasco County deputy around 8:30, the gun malfunctioned. That deputy called for help, then SWAT arrived and tried to negotiate with Kaminski, but he was too upset.
Later, the sheriff said he was struggling with mental disabilities. His family told deputies Kaminski had gone off his bipolar medication in December 2012.
The deputy initially went over there when Kaminski's wife said Kaminski instructed her to leave before he arrived home from Pittsburgh or he would kill her. She was in the process of gathering her clothes up when that first deputy arrived to help her.
Kaminski pulled up in his car and the deputy noticed his hand gun sitting next to him. That is the same weapon he later pointed at that deputy when it malfunctioned and missed the deputy.
When SWAT arrived Kaminski was threatening to use his AK 47 rifle. He did, and deputies fired back.
Shots from Kaminski went through deputies' vehicles and a neighbor's window. That neighbor had been evacuated.
Two deputies were injured by shrapnel, but were released from the hospital in fair condition. Kaminski was pronounced dead on the scene. No one else was hurt.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said his deputies and SWAT team were heroes, and brave for their service.
"They are all heroes and I could not be more proud of them" said Sheriff Nocco. "The first deputy on scene who had the hand gun pointed at him when Kaminski pulled the trigger and it malfunctioned, well, that deputy was only two weeks into working on his own. I am so proud."
Bright was relieved no one else was hurt, but she wanted to know why she was not evacuated.
"I am sorry, that area is not well lit, we got as many people out as we could, and we will use this experience to build for the next one," said Sheriff Nocco.