SWAT team kills Pinellas Park man accused of shooting wife at her job

Pinellas County

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – A man is dead after investigators said he shot his wife then remained barricaded in his home for hours.

Pinellas Park Police Department Sgt. Mike Lynch said the shooting happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The location of the shooting was identified as Tampa Bay Imaging.

Capt. Brian Unmisig of the police department said the man, David Wittman,47, went to his wife’s workplace in the 7800 block of 66th Street, forced her outside and shot her multiple times in the parking lot.  The woman’s co-workers witnessed the shooting.

Wittman then drove away from the scene in the family car and went to his home in a nearby neighborhood.

Detectives tell News Channel 8 that the suspect’s wife was critically injured in the shooting. 

Ambulances, paramedics, the SWAT team and at least a dozen police cars responded to the home on 80th Avenue.

After a more than 6-hour standoff with officers, two SWAT members shot Wittman. He died, Unmisig said.

Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave with pay, pending the conclusion of the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Before that, they had worked diligently to get the man to surrender, even getting face-to-face with the man, Unmisig said.

Gary Earle lives in the neighborhood and told News Channel 8 that he heard a lot of screaming Wednesday morning.

“I came out to clean my car this morning and I heard a lot of screaming, ‘Put the gun down, put the gun down,'” Earle said.  “My neighbor across the street came out and said, ‘There’s a man across the street has a gun. I called the police,'” he said.

Lynch said the woman worked at a nearby physical therapy business.  No one inside the facility was physically hurt, he said.

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