Gunfight leaves 2 dead in Pasco

Tampa Bay Times - - Local - BY ZACHARY T. SAMP­SON AND C.T. BOWEN Times Staff Writ­ers

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.”

JIM DAMASKE | Times

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