Good Samaritan Shoots, Then Helps Wounded Man, Largo Police Say
The call started as a reported hit and run on Walsingham Road and ended with a shooting, Largo police said.
LARGO – Police are investigating an incident Sunday (April 7) that left one man with a gunshot wound, according to the Largo Police Department.
The names of those involved were not immediately available. Detectives are continuing the investigation and say charges may be pending for one or more of the parties.
Largo Police officers responded to a possible hit and crash in the 11000 block of Walsingham Road about 8 p.m.
It is unclear at this time if a vehicle struck a pedestrian or the pedestrian fell in the roadway. Police said there are no injuries to the pedestrian that would indicate a crash. No witnesses who were at the scene saw contact between a vehicle and the pedestrian.
Once witnesses saw the pedestrian down in the road, they assumed he had been hit by a car. While trying to render aid, police said bystanders urged the pedestrian to stay down and wait for medical assistance.
The pedestrian collected his belongings and began walking away from the scene. He was followed by Good Samaritans who continued to ask him to stay. The pedestrian made it very clear he want to leave.
After being followed for a block and a half, the pedestrian became angry, produced a box cutter, and approached one of the Good Samaritans in a threatening manner. Police said the Good Samaritan fired one round from a handgun, striking the pedestrian in the leg. The Samaritan immediately rendered aid and applied a tourniquet to the pedestrian as paramedics arrived.
The pedestrian was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where he underwent surgery for the gunshot wound.
Detectives said they have not been able to interview him at this time because of his medical condition. The Samaritan was detained and interviewed by detectives. He was subsequently released.
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