A 69-year-old armed man was shot and killed by an officer with the Clearwater Police Department Saturday night after he failed to comply with commands to drop his weapon.
David Rocco DiRoma was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:30 p.m.
According to a Clearwater Police Department report DrRoma had told a friend earlier in the day that he was despondent and considering suicide. Officers were dispatched to 3018 Merrill Ave. just before 4:30 p.m. after the friend grew concerned about what DiRoma had said.
Investigators say the deceased told his friend that he had no reason to live due to various problems he was having. When police arrived at the residence just north of the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex they attempted to talk to DiRoma via a cell phone and a house phone.
Officers also used a loudspeaker in an attempt to communicate with him but all efforts were unsuccessful. DiRoma could be seen walking around the house while members of the Clearwater PD were outside.
A short time later DiRoma exited the home armed with a handgun. He refused several commands by the CPD officers to drop the weapon. Fearing for the safety of himself and his colleagues an officer fired a single round hitting DiRoma.
Officer Brian Rogers was not injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is a routine policy in officer-involved shootings. Rogers has been with the department for more than 12 years according to the report.
Representatives of the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office and the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office are on scene with Clearwater homicide detectives investigating the shooting.