Tampa airport officer shoots man who then jumps from parking garage

October 29, 2013 

TAMPA -- A man was pronounced dead Monday night at Tampa International Airport after a series of events that started with the man saying he was watching planes and ended with him leaping off the parking garage, according to officials.

In between, an airport police officer fired shots at the man.

An investigation into the man's death is ongoing after the incident that began at 4:30 p.m. Monday when an airport officer approached a man on the eighth floor of the short term parking garage. He told the officer he was watching planes.

Police said the officer ran a background check, which revealed the man was a sex offender who was about to have a warrant issued for his arrest. The man's probation officer told airport police a shotgun was also missing from the home of the man’s parents, with whom he lived.

A half hour later, police say, the officer found the man on the fourth floor of the long-term parking garage, sitting in his car with a gun in his mouth.

Police said the officer ordered the man to put the gun down. The man exited his car and lunged at the officer, according to police.

The officer discharged his gun. Police said the man then turned and jumped from the parking garage.

According to the Medical Examiner, the man was shot multiple times.

Officials have not released the man's identity as of yet.

The officer involved is on routine administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

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