Man transported to hospital after deputy-involved shooting in Dunedin

Pinellas detectives investigating
Posted at 7:25 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-21 10:40:15-05

Pinellas detectives are investigating a deputy-involved shooting that occurred Friday evening.

Deputies responded to the 2200 block of Curlew Avenue in Dunedin around 6 p.m. after someone reported seeing a man walking between houses who had fired a shot.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with neighbors and then searched for Todd Rowe who lives in the neighborhood.

According to the sheriff, Deputy Christopher Lyons went toward the back of a house at 2249 Curlew Ave., searching for Rowe, and that's when he appeared with a gun pointed in the direction of the deputy.

The sheriff said his deputy repeatedly told Rowe to drop the weapon, but he did not respond to those commands.

"In fact as Deputy Lyons was moving, Rowe was tracking him in those movements and that's when Deputy Lyons had to fire to protect himself," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

The sheriff said Deputy Lyons fired 4 rounds and one of them hit Rowe's upper body. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital; he has non-life threatening injuries.

According to the sheriff, they arrested Rowe a few years ago and he said Rowe expressed then an anti-law enforcement sentiment.

Deputy Lyons is on paid administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation. 

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