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Pinellas deputy on leave after shooting suspect in Largo

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Pinellas deputies shot a suspect Friday night in the parking lot of a Largo motel. Pinellas deputies shot a suspect Friday night in the parking lot of a Largo motel.
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A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave following a shooting Friday night that sent a suspect to a local hospital.

Deputies say the man was dealing firearms.

According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report the incident occurred just after 8:30 p.m. at the Suburban Lodge Motel in the 6500 block of Ulmerton Rd. in Largo. Investigators say Deputy Bill Hartigan with the department’s Suburban Community Policing Unit, received information that the suspect was heading to the motel to conduct an illegal firearms sale.

Deputy Hartigan, with assistance from other members of the Sheriff’s Office, set up surveillance around the motel. When the suspect arrived he backed his vehicle into a parking space at the rear of the complex.

Hartigan, who has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since April 2007, approached the man and ordered him to exit his vehicle. The suspect refused the deputy’s instructions and eventually began to drive his vehicle forward.

The report states the suspect reached into his waistband as if to retrieve a weapon. Fearing for his safety Deputy Hartigan shot the man several times. An investigation showed the suspect was in possession of several firearms at the time of the shooting.

The suspect was transported to a Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of at least one gunshot wound. His condition is not known.

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