Suspect fired pellet gun in Pasco deputy-involved shooting

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco deputies are investigating a shooting Monday evening.

Deputies spotted a man walking on the sidewalk, on the west side of Highway 19, just north of Gulf Drive.

As deputies got closer, they could see the man had what appeared to be a gun, so they ordered him to put it down.

They tried to talk to the man for about a minute, but things quickly turned dangerous.

Deputies returned fire on the suspect who fired upon them first. The incident occurred at US 19 and Gulf Boulevard.

Preliminary information indicates a 36-year-old man was shot multiple times in the legs by two deputies after he shot at them with a pellet gun.

The suspect has been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A deputy was hit in the leg with the pellet gun and was also taken to a hospital, but was not seriously injured.

The southbound lanes of US 19 at Cross Bayou to Gulf Drive are currently closed.

No names are currently being released at this time.

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