Clearwater Police say a heavily armed man pointed a gun at them Sunday night. They returned fire leaving him in critical condition.
Police were called to the home on Glenmoor Road by the armed man's father. The worried dad wanted police to make sure his son, Mark Bill, 56, was okay. Two officers arrived at 7:13 PM. They said Bill answered the door with three firearms and three knives.
"At that point they tried to initiate contact, get him to drop his weapons several times and unfortunately those attempts were unsuccessful," said Clearwater Police spokesperson Elizabeth Watts.
The officers said Bill fired first. Tests are on the gun are now underway to confirm that, according to Watts. Bill was struck by at least two bullets and was critically wounded. Neither officer was injured. They are both on administrative leave, which is standard in officer involved shooting.
Police returned to the home Monday to look for more evidence. They said Bill, who is a former soldier, had several other weapons inside, including a grenade. The Tampa Bomb Squad was called in and determined it was not active.
"There's been no plan that's come to light at this point of what he was planning to do with his cache of weapons," said Watts.
Bill's 15-year-old son was in the home during the shooting. Watts said he was not injured and is now safe with his mother. Neighbor Bill Gronley, who heard the shots ring out, can't believe the violence on his street.
"This time of the year, there's supposed to be peace and there is not," said Gronley.
This is the second officer involved shooting in Clearwater in one week. On December 16th, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Danny Meredith, 60. Authorities said a naked Meredith opened the door and pointed a shotgun at the deputies.