Man Shot Dead After Opening Fire At Deputies

Largo, Fla. (970 WFLA)- An armed fugitive in Largo is dead after a standoff with Pinellas Deputies. 

Six deputies shot and killed 48-year-old Richard Summers yesterday in front of the Winghouse Restaurant on Ulmerton Road.

The sheriff's report says Summers had  missed a scheduled court appearance on a fraud charge, they learned that he was trying to gather money so he could leave the country.  

Detectives from the Violent Offender Warrant Unit  spotted summers riding in an Uber ride sharing car, and pulled the car over in the parking lot of the Winghouse.   That's where  deputies say Summers opened the front passenger door, stood up,  holding a semi-automatic handgun,  that he pointed at detectives. Summers fired the handgun  striking the hood of one of the detective's vehicles.

Lieutenant Steve Wagner, Sergeant Frank Holloway, Corporal Kevin Grissinger, Detective Clay Saunders, Detective Jason Willis, and Detective Thomas Akin returned fire striking Summers.

Paramedics responded to the scene and Summers was pronounced dead.  No detectives or deputies were injured.  The detectives involved in the shooting will be placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said his officers had no choice but to shoot Summers dead when he shot at them. 

Photo Credit: Pinellas County Sherriff's Office

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