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One Dead in Officer-Involved Shooting in Tarpon Springs

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The officer said the man came at him with a knife, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

TARPON SPRINGS – A man died today (May 6) after he was shot by a Tarpon Springs police officer during a car show, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

The dead man was Nicholas A. Provenza, 25, of Palm Harbor. The officers name has not been released. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting with help from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office forensics unit.

The shooting happened about 1:32 p.m. after a Tarpon Springs police officer, who was working off duty at a car show, was told that there was a suspicious man riding a bicycle wearing an orange jacket with the hood pulled over his head. The officer went to the intersection of Tarpon and Safford avenues and radioed that he was with the man. The officer checked the name the man had given him but received nothing. The man admitted giving a fake name then provided the officer with another last name, which the officer gave over the radio.

Police said there was silence then the officer came on the radio stating “Shots fired,” “Shots fired,” “Shots fired”; then the officer said over the radio, “He came at me with a knife.”

Mr. Provenza was taken to Florida Hospital North Pinellas where he was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. The officer was not injured during the incident.

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