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Pinellas deputies fatally shoot man in Dunedin

Two deputies fatally shot a Dunedin man with a knife who disobeyed orders to stop advancing toward them early Tuesday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Case, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, outside his home at the Oak Bend Mobile Home Park, 801 Main St., the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies Jose Berrios-Collazo, 31, and Peter Eigo, 54, were placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine during the investigation of a deputy-involved shooting. They were not injured.

According to detectives, deputies initially responded to the mobile home park for a disturbance call about 10:44 p.m. Monday and spoke with a female who said everything was fine. Deputies checked the area to ensure it was secure and left.

Berrios-Collazo and Eigo responded to the same location about 12:16 a.m. Tuesday for a call about an armed male attempting to harm himself, detectives said. When deputies arrived, Case was inside his Lot 32 residence with a knife, detectives said.

One deputy entered the home and Case began to come toward him with the knife, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy retreated backward and attempted to exit the home while commanding Case to drop the knife, the sheriff’s office said.

The other deputy, outside the home, saw Case’s approach, and both deputies again ordered him to drop the knife, the sheriff’s office said. Case did not stand down and the deputies, “feeling threatened,” drew their guns and fired, the sheriff’s office said.

It was the second fatal shooting involving a sheriff’s deputy in the Tampa area over the past two days. A Citrus County deputy fatally shot a woman who pointed a stun gun at him during a disturbance call in Inverness late Sunday night, officials said.

Berrios-Collazo has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since June 2012. Eigo was hired in September 1987.

An investigation is ongoing.

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