Gunfight leaves 2 dead in Pasco
Deputies’ standoff with a shooter puts a school on lockdown.
PORT RICHEY — Two lay dead after a firefight broke out between a mentally ill man and deputies near Gulf Highlands Elementary School on Thursday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff ’s Office.
It started when Brian DiSario, 30, fatally shot 56-year-old David Armstrong, whom he believed was making advances on his girlfriend, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
But DiSario did not have a girlfriend.
“In his mind, he did,” Nocco said. “But in reality he did not.”
Then DiSario engaged in a gunbattle with deputies, the sheriff said, and was later found dead.
But the Sheriff ’s Office could not say late Thursday whether DiSario killed himself or was killed by deputies. No deputies were injured in the incident.
The sheriff described the scene along Gulf Highlands Drive, where the shootout broke out on the road that parents use to pick up their children from school.
“There’s shell casings scattering that ground,” Nocco said. “It was an absolute gunbattle in the middle of the street.”
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