Florida deputies fatally shoot man armed with BB gun

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2016 6:43 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say deputies fatally shot a man who aimed a BB gun at them at a Tampa Bay area apartment complex.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon says in a news release that at least four deputies responded Tuesday night to the Windwood Oaks Apartments after 911 calls about man screaming and waiving a gun.

McKinnon says deputies found 27-year-old Jeffery Casale outside his home and told him multiple times to drop what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. Casale reportedly began to advance on the deputies, pointing the gun at them, and the deputies opened fire. Casale was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

The gun turned out to be a Colt Defender air pistol.

The release says Casale was white. The races of the deputies weren't immediately known.