Tarpon Springs Officer getting threats after car show police shooting, FDLE says

Loved ones now questioning Nick Provenza's death
Posted at 4:17 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 18:49:06-04

UPDATE (May 9) | Tarpon Springs Police have released the officer's name that shot and killed a man in the middle of a crowded car show for charity.

According to police, Scott MacIsaac, a field training officer who has training with metal illness, is the officer that have received threats after shooting and killing 25-year-old Nick Provenza. At this time, the FDLE is investigating all the treats he has received. 


ORIGINAL STORY | New developments surrounding a Tarpon Springs Police Office that shot and killed a man in the middle of a crowded car show for charity.

Tarpon Springs Police say people attending Saturday's charity car show downtown told an officer they'd seen a suspicious man with a hoodie on a bicycle. That man has now been identified as 25-year-old Nick Provenza.

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Police say Provenza gave them two false names, and moments later the officer called on his radio, 'Shots fired! Shots fired!  Shots fired! He came at me with a knife!'

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement now says that officer is receiving threats and as a result, Tarpon Springs Police are not releasing the officer's name for now.

A video, posted on YouTube under the account name Mohammed Ali shows the moments immediately after the shooting. 

ABC Action News has chosen to blur not only Nick Provenza, but also the officer in this shooting due to the threats he's received.

You can see the officer hunched over, appearing distraught while Provenza, laid in the middle of the street. You can also see the officer pacing in front of Provenza. The officer doesn't appear to try to render aid. Instead, he waited for first responders.

ABC Action News reached out to Tarpon Springs Police to see if that is protocol in an officer-involved shooting and didn't hear back in time for our deadline.

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Provenza's friends say the video is hard to watch but also important for people to see.

"I think it's important that it was filmed because there needs to be some justice served," said Ashley Ponzoski. "Whether the knife was there or not is now irrelevant because of the way that it ended. He lay there, gasping for air, like he was just nothing."

A local business owner, who asked to not be identified, said he saw Provenza leave a local shop about 15 minutes before the shooting. He said Provenza was acting strangely, kneeling on the ground on all fours, appearing to pray.

Provenza's fiancee says he was suffering from mental illness, and that he shouldn't have died the way he did.

"I can't even believe this is real life," Rebecca Schnell said. "They could have tased him, they could have done something. Something else."

Friends say Provenza was a kind, gentle soul, and a vegan who refused to kill bugs in their home.

FDLE is investigating the officer-involved shooting as well as the threats the officer has been receiving, said Angela Starke, with  the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.