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Neighbors react after Clearwater man says he stabbed, killed mom

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Justin Tucker called 911 on Friday to admit he had just stabbed his mother to death.

When Pinellas deputies arrived to investigate, he got into a violent confrontation that ended up taking his life as well.

It happened just after noon at Eastwood Pines Townhomes, just north of Eastbay drive in unincorporated Clearwater.

Justin Tucker made that 911 call from a unit he shared with his mother and stepfather, but he didn't want any help when deputies arrived.

Neighbors tell me, Tucker was a quiet guy with a lot going for him. He was a personal trainer by trade. Facebook photos hint at happier times, when friends say he was briefly married.

But just after noon on Friday, he told deputies he stabbed his mother, 67-year-old retired nurse Kathryn Clark.

When deputies arrived at the townhome, Tucker was “out of control”.

“Irrational out of control yelling and screaming in a very aggressive way. And the guy just barreled down the stairs at with something in his hand,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. “Told to stop! Stop ! several times, he didn't, he kept advancing at him.”

Corporal Pete Doyle backed out to the sidewalk and let loose a volley of gunfire.

Tucker died on that sidewalk.

Michael Caldwell heard the shots from his house half a block away. He considered Tucker a quiet, normal guy, but this incident is making him reconsider.

“Kind of creeps me out, ‘cause [I] knew the guy, he could do this to his own mom, what if that had been me, hanging out with him, then he snapped,” he said.

Several neighbors knew Tucker's mother, Kathryn, found dead in the townhome with stab wounds and a butcher knife nearby.

“Crime scene tape.. And all kinds of police cars, oh my god. And then one of the neighbors said it was 2917 and I says, ‘oh my god, it's Kathy. What happened’? “ said Donna Mason.

“All around super lady. It's unbelievable,” said neighbor Jean Cunningham.

The Sheriff will not release the 911 call, saying it is part of the investigation.

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