A man who jumped to his death Monday evening from the 4th floor of a parking garage at Tampa International Airport after being confronted and shot by an airport police officer was identified Tuesday by police.
Allen Piano, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the officer found Piano in the long-term parking garage around 5:00 p.m., sitting in a car with a gun in his mouth. When the officer told him to put the gun down, he got out of the his car and lunged at the officer.
The officer discharged his gun, and the man then turned and jumped from the parking garage.
According to the Hillsborough County medical examiner, the man sustained bullet wounds.
Airport officials told Tampa Police, who are assisting in the investigation, that the officer first approached Piano around 4:30 p.m. on the 8th floor of the short-term parking garage. He said he was watching planes.
A background check revealed that he was a registered sex offender, and his probation officer indicated Pinellas County officials were preparing to issue a warrant for his arrest.
The probation officer also reported that a shotgun had been reported missing from the home of his mother, with whom he lived.
The Tampa Airport Police Officer involved is on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation.
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