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Police: Man killed, officer wounded during welfare check

December 26, 2018

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police officers making a domestic welfare check on a woman who asked family members on Facebook to call 911 fatally shot her boyfriend when he opened fire on them.

The incident unfolded early Wednesday when a family member of Annie Vann contacted police after seeing a message stating “Help, call 911. ... He has a gun,” said Clearwater Public Safety spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.

Officers responded to the apartment and contacted Vann at the back door. While they talked to Vann, Wayne Falana Jr., 35, appeared behind Vann and opened fire on the officers, Castelli said.

The officers took cover and Falani ran to the front of the apartment and began shooting through a glass door. Castelli said Falani ran into the roadway, still armed with a firearm. Officers returned fire, striking Falani multiple times. He died at the scene.

Vann left the apartment and has not been seen or heard from since, Castelli said. Police want to speak to her about the series of events leading up to the shooting.

The four officers who fired their weapons will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Public Safety spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said in an

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Clearwater police said in a news release that officers responded to a Clearwater apartment early Wednesday for a domestic-related welfare check. Police say officers briefly spoke to a woman at the scene before a man approached and fired at officers.

Police say one officer was shot in the foot and treated at the scene. Police say the man fled and was confronted by pursuing officers. Police say multiple officers confronted the man, who was then shot and killed. Police say the woman also fled the apartment and her whereabouts are not known. Authorities didn’t immediately release the identities of those involved.

Clearwater police say more information will be released later.

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