PORT RICHEY, Florida- Two are dead after an apparently mentally ill man got into a gunfight with law enforcement.
TampaBay.com reports it started when Brian DiSario, 30, fatally shot 56-year-old David Armstrong, who he believed was making advances on his imaginary girlfriend.
The first death took place inside the garage at 11605 Constance Drive. DiSario was there with his mother, her boyfriend and her friend, Armstrong.
DiSario shot Armstrong, the sheriff said, then went into the house, got a different firearm and shot him again.
Deputies were called to the scene about 2:50 p.m. A nearby school was placed under lockdown. Deputies surrounded the school, Nocco said, fearing that DiSario would emerge from the house armed with more weapons.
That’s because those who knew him said DiSario was stockpiling firearms.
“We knew he had long guns,” Nocco said. “We knew he had ammunition.”
When two deputies arrived at the home, they said DiSario was in the road with his firearm pointed at the ground. They ordered him to drop the gun, Nocco said.
Instead, DiSario lifted the barrel, aimed and started firing at law enforcement.
The sheriff could not say how long the shooting lasted or how many rounds were fired. After DiSario went back into his home, Nocco said, the deputies followed and found Armstrong’s body in the garage.
Backup quickly arrived. Eventually, they sent a robot into the house and found DiSario’s body.
The sheriff did not release the names of the two deputies involved in the shooting but said they have been placed on administrative leave. Deputies also did not say what kind of weapons DiSario used to kill Armstrong or shoot at deputies.
The investigation is ongoing. Pasco investigators will work with federal authorities to determine whether DiSario was a legal gun owner.
Times senior news researcher John Martin and staff writer Michele Miller contributed to this report. Contact Zachary T. Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8804. Follow @ZackSampson.