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Man, 70, shot by police after brandishing firearm, Palm Bay PD says

Officers involved not hurt, placed on paid administrative leave

PALM BAY, Fla. – A 70-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday evening after being shot during an altercation with two Palm Bay police officers, offiicals said.

Officers went to the 100 block of Americana Boulevard around 6 p.m. regarding a suicidal man, identified by police as Andrew John Pastor.

Police said officers made contact with Pastor inside the home, and he brandished a firearm, leading to an armed altercation with two officers.

The officers opened fire and Pastor was struck, police said. He was taken to Holmes Regional for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The officers, identified as Peter Dolci and Duane Smith, were not hurt.

Dolci has been with the Palm Bay Police Department since August and Smith was hired in June 2015. Both served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Police said they were placed on paid administrative leave, which the department said is standard in all officer-involved shootings.

A neighbor told News 6 that the man lives with his 94-year-old mother, who was also inside the house when the incident happened. He said his neighbor had never shown signs of harming himself or anyone else.

Pastor faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.  

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident, police said.

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.


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