Deputy fatally shoots man who approached him with knife
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a suicidal man who approached a deputy with a knife was fatally shot.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Lenny Griffin was pronounced dead Thursday night after being taken to a hospital.
The agency says Deputy Nguyen Tran has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a relative of Griffin called 911 to say that Griffin was threatening suicide.
The deputy was inside the house when Griffin came out of a bedroom with a chef’s knife.
The sheriff’s office says Griffin ignored commands to drop the knife. The deputy backed out of the house, and then into a neighbor’s yard, but Griffin continued to approach him.
The agency says the deputy shot Griffin fearing for his own life.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.