A Clearwater man was shot dead by deputies Friday after the man called 911 to report stabbing his mother to death, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies discovered the man’s dead mother on the second floor of their townhome and found a butcher knife next to her body, according to the agency.
The shooting occurred at 2915 Pinecone Circle in the Eastwood Pines Townhomes, a subdivision in unincorporated Clearwater, deputies said.
Deputies rushed to the home after the man called 911.
"The male said that he had just stabbed his mother to death, that she was dead and that he wanted to report that he had killed her," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
Cpl. Pete Doyle approached the front of the home, knocking and identifying himself as a deputy, according to the agency. The deputies heard yelling and screaming coming from inside.
The man then exited the home.
"He was yelling, screaming, appeared to be totally out of control, came running down the staircase with something in his hand," Gualtieri said.
When the man refused to obey Doyle’s commands to stop, according to the sheriff, Doyle opened fire. The man died at the scene.
"[I] saw the officer jump out, gun raised, and five shots fired. And then tons of cops swarmed the area," said Michael Caldwell, a neighbor who witnessed the shooting.
Caldwell watched the man fall to the ground.
"He was [a] quiet, normal guy," Caldwell said.
Doyle, 42, has been with the Sheriff’s Office since January 2006.
Deputies are withholding the names of the deceased man and woman until their relatives can be reached.
The motive for the stabbing is unclear. Deputies said they haven’t responded to the home in the past for domestic disputes.