Suspect killed in Pinellas deputy-involved shooting

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - A man involved in a domestic dispute was shot and killed by deputies on Alderman Road in Palm Harbor Tuesday morning, according to deputies.

The shooting occurred just east of Belcher Avenue around 7:30 a.m.

The suspect, who has been identified as 73-year-old Edward Warren DiGrandi, was involved in a domestic dispute and had driven to Palm Harbor from Ohio, according to a sheriff's statement.

He broke into his ex-wife's Palm Harbor home armed with a handgun. She was able to escape to a neighbors house and call 911, but the suspect left before deputies arrived. 

Officers spotted him on Alderman Road and stopped him.  He got out of his vehicle and pointed the gun at his chest.  He was ordered to drop the weapon, but turned abruptly and pointed the gun at the deputies, who opened fire. 

"He pointed the gun at the deputies," said Chief Deputy Bob Gualitieri.  "The deputies shouted commands at him to drop the gun.  he then turned the gun away from himself and at the officers."

"Three deputies fired, striking the suspect several times," he said . 

The suspect died at the scene. 

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