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Deputies Open Fire in Pinellas

Deputies Open Fire in Pinellas

Largo, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-Two Pinellas deputies, 26 year-old Steven Smith and 46 year-old Mark Douglas, are on administrative leave after shooting a man who confronted them with an assault style weapon.

Deputies had responded to 119th Street, North, on a report of a man in a vehicle threatening people.  When deputies pulled over the vehicle, 26 year-old Anthony Gonzalez tried to run off.  Deputies say they shot Gonzalez when he pointed his weapon at them. Gonzalez is recovering from surgery at Bayfront Medical Center.

Investigators say Gonzalez's mom, 60 year-old Pamela, was driving the vehicle.  She may face charges as the investigation continues.

Deputies believe Gonzalez was in the area looking for some people who may have been involved in a drug deal gone bad.

                                                                                                                                                                   

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