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12-293 Pinellas Deputies Shoot And Kill Man Confronting Them With Shotgun

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Suspect:
Danny M. Meredith (deceased)
3/31/52

Suspects wife:
Donna Meredith
11/27/56

Deputies:
Deputy Robert Brown Jr.
Date of hire: 11/1987

Deputy Adam Przybysz
Date of hire: 5/2001

What:  Deputies responded to a domestic altercation earlier this afternoon.  Shortly after their arrival, they were confronted by Suspect Danny Meredith with a shotgun.  Fearing for their safety, they shot and killed Meredith as he pointed the shotgun at them.

Where:  1856 Bugle Lane
Clearwater, FL.

When:  The incident took place at approximately 3:30 p.m. on 12/16/2012.

How/Why:  

At approximately 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, Donna Meredith called the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office due to a domestic dispute she was having with her husband Danny Meredith.

When meeting with responding deputies away from the scene, Donna informed them she was involved in a dispute with her husband earlier in the day.  She eventually left the residence to let the situation calm down.  When she returned, she discovered a note on the front door threatening anyone that comes to the residence.  The note said anyone coming to the home would be shot and killed.  Knowing guns were inside, Donna left and called law enforcement.

After gathering this information from Donna, deputies attempted contact with Danny at the residence in order to check on his welfare.

Deputies tactically approached the house and attempted contact with Danny.  They knocked and announced themselves several times.  While they attempted contact, deputies could hear activity and movement from inside the residence.

As they were still trying to make contact, a naked male subject (later identified as Danny Meredith) opened the door and began challenging deputies with a shotgun.  As Danny pointed the gun at them, they both shot and killed him.

Deputies Brown and Przybysz were not injured in the confrontation.  Both will be placed on routine administrative leave.

The investigation continues.

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