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Officer-involved shooting under investigation in North Port

Posted at 10:02 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 10:02:11-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting in North Port from Tuesday night.

According to a press release, officers with the North Port Police Department responded to reports of a suicidal man around 8:30 p.m. on Mossy Oak Drive.

The sheriff's office says the man was in the driveway of his home when officers got there. Deputies say he reached for a handgun in his waistband and pointed it at two officers, who fired their weapons.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities say. According to the preliminary investigation, deputies say the man told officers he wanted them to shoot him and threatened to use a firearm to force them to do so.

The investigation is ongoing.