Husband Dead, Wife Critical After Pinellas Park Shooting, Standoff
A man shot his wife at her workplace, then barricaded himself in their home a few blocks away. The standoff ended when the Pinellas Park police SWAT team opened fire.
PINELLAS PARK – A Pinellas Park man is dead and his wife is in critical condition after a shooting and a standoff Wednesday (April 10), the Pinellas Park Police Department said.
Anna May Wittman, 42, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in critical condition. Mrs. Wittman died Tuesday (April 16) from her injuries.
David Eugene Wittman, 47, of Pinellas Park, died at the scene.
No shots were fired at officers and no officers were injured.
Pinellas Park police Officers Joshua Pringle, 33, a nine-year department veteran, and Per Haugland, 36, a four-year department veteran, who shot at Mr. Wittman, were placed on routine administrative leave with pay pending the conclusion of the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.
Police said the initial call came in about 7:39 a.m. as a verbal domestic disturbance at Tampa Bay Imaging, 7800 66th St N, Unit 106. The situation escalated after that.
A preliminary investigation has determined that Mr. Wittman arrived at Tampa Bay Imaging, where his wife works, and forcibly took her into the parking lot. Once in the parking lot, Mr. Wittman shot Mrs. Wittman multiple times and fled the scene.
Within minutes, patrol officers found Mr. Wittman, who was armed with a handgun, nearby at the family residence located at 6749 80th Ave N. Police said they received additional information that multiple long guns including an AR 15 style rifle might possibly be inside the house.
The Pinellas Park Police Department called out its SWAT team, including a crisis negotiation team. Members of the negotiation team spent more than six and a half hours trying to peacefully resolve the situation and have Mr. Wittman surrender. Police described those as “very dangerous, close proximity negotiations.”
At multiple times throughout the day, Mr. Wittman would put the gun down while talking with officers only to pick it back up a short time later. At about 2:23 p.m., officers said they tried to apprehend Mr. Wittman outside of his using non-lethal force. Those were unsuccessful and Mr. Wittman retreated into his home, armed himself with the handgun, and a deadly force encounter ensued.
Shots were fired by Pringle and Haugland, members of the department’s SWAT team, and Mr. Wittman died of his injuries.
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