Lealman deputy-involved shooting, earlier rampage caught on camera


PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – There’s dramatic new video in Pinellas County that shows a man going on a shooting rampage, firing at his neighbors, a painter and even a deputy.

Deputies said after the incident that Larry Dennis Hoad, 65, went on a shooting rampage Tuesday, hours after being served eviction papers. Security camera video from one of Hoad’s neighbors shows the suspect unloading 9 rounds into a glass door, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Hoad wanted to get back at people he believed were responsible for his landlord’s decision.

That includes neighbor Shawn Smith. ”He shot Smith and struck him in the back. The bullet went out into the front and caused just massive injuries,” Gualtieri said.

Next up: Allen Cameron, who was painting. Hoad missed, Gualtieri said. “The bullet struck the wall, and Cameron literally ran for his life,” the sheriff said.

Hoad then turned on Dave Foreman, who was in his home office, according to the sheriff’s office. Hoad is seen shooting the door and then later Foreman’s windshield, deputies explain.

“Thankfully for him, his front door was locked. Because otherwise Hoad would have gone in and shot him and probably killed him,” Gualtieri said.

Then, dash-camera video shows Sgt. Matthew McLane confronting Hoad. At this point, Hoad is armed with a rifle. He fires a handgun three times, the sheriff said. “Where Sgt. McLane was standing was right between the two bullet holes,” the sheriff said.

Sgt. McLane is seen in the video falling, trying to get to cover. He returns fire, hitting Hoad twice.

“Hoad was on rampage to kill as many people as he could on Tuesday,” Gualtieri said.

Another deputy, Jeff Nelson, came upon the first victim, took off his uniform shirt, gun belt and T-shirt, and stuffed that shirt Smith’s wounds, preventing him from dying right there.

Smith and Hoad are both in extremely critical condition.

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