Sheriff Chris Nocco released new information, Monday afternoon, about a man that killed a family friend for hitting on his imaginary girlfriend and then fired at deputies in a Port Richey neighborhood last week.
The sheriff said Brian Disario committed suicide.
The deadly shooting happened just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 along the 11600 block of Constance Drive. The mother of the suspect called 911 for help, warning deputies her son was schizophrenic and was experiencing an episode.
"My son shot someone," she told a dispatch.
Later she said, "Oh God. He's outside the house with a gun".
Deputies said Disaro targeted family friend, David Armstrong, accusing him of going after his girlfriend, but Sheriff Nocco said the woman did not exist.
"We know he had been seeing a doctor within the past year. We were told that he stopped seeing the doctor and has been off his meds," Sheriff Nocco said.
The sheriff said Disario's mental health did not impact how they responded to last week's call.
"It doesn't mater if he's mentally stable or mentally ill, he's shooting at us. He's shooting at people. He killed somebody. He's a shooter," the sheriff said.
Neighbors recollected the chaotic scene.
"I know nothing about them. I found out on the news that he had issues, but I want to know how he had that arsenal of guns, if he had issues," Barbara Ramsauer said.
According to the sheriff, they are working with ATF to determine if Disario legally owned the guns he had that day.
"Addiction and mental health are mental health care issues. Addiction is a health care issue. Until the federal government, until everybody puts resources to take care of these health care issues, we're going to have shootings like this 'cause there's nothing legally we could have done to (have) prevented this," Sheriff Nocco said.
The sheriff said the case remains under investigation.
The two deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave. The sheriff defended his deputies, Monday, and commended how they handled the situation.