ZEPHYRHILLS — A suspected prescription-drug dealer was fatally shot by a Pasco sheriff’s detective in Zephyrhills on Tuesday afternoon when narcotics detectives tried to arrest him, the sheriff’s office said.
Jerry Brown, 41, of Lakeland, died after he was shot, the sheriff’s office said. Brown was wanted for selling prescription drugs.
The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. outside Big Ben Tires, 4128 Gall Blvd., where the detectives had arrived with an arrest warrant for Brown, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
Nocco also would not reveal details of what led to the shooting or say what connection the suspect had to the business.
“This is a very fluid situation,” said Nocco, who spoke to the media soon after being briefed on what happened by his deputies. “I want to thank God our Pasco detectives are okay.”
Nocco said Brown had been the subject of an ongoing investigation and has a violent history. He had an arrest record that includes a kidnapping charge and two armed robberies, Nocco said.
In 2012, the Pasco County sheriff’s office arrested him for possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.
He was convicted and sentenced to state prison for robbery with a deadly weapon and grand theft, according to state records.
The sheriff said the investigation had been part of his office’s effort to combat the prescription drug epidemic.
“This violent individual was trying to destroy more families and we were here to stop him,” Nocco said.