SARASOTA, FLA. – Officers with the Sarasota Police Department had a busy overnight late Sunday and into Monday as they worked two separate incidents.
The first happened around 10:06 p.m. in the 1000 block of 42nd Street in Sarasota near the intersection of 40th Street and Royal Palm Avenue.
Two Sarasota Police officers were on a bicycle patrol in the North Water Tower Park neighborhood when they heard gunfire.
The officers quickly responded and found themselves face to face with a man pointing a gun right at them.
“Officers did ask the individual to place his gun on the ground and to get rid of his gun however he did not listen and in order to protect themselves and defend themselves, they believed they were in danger, they did fire on the individual” said police spokeswoman, Genevieve Judge.
EMS tried to revive the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Both officers are on routine administrative leave while police investigate the shooting. The SPD is withholding the names of the suspect and the officers at this time.
Just before 4 a.m. an already busy night got even busier when police were called to a warehouse in the 2000 block of 17th Street for an armed sexual battery.
“The suspect was armed with a weapon and we were investigating it as a sexual offense. The victim is safe she went with our officers” Judge told ABC 7.
Because the armed suspect was held up inside a granite business that police say was also the place he was living, the SWAT team responded.
Police closed down 17th Street from Lime Ave. to N. Washington Blvd. (US 301).
“Swat members were able to talk to him via the phone and also through an air horn to send commands to him tell him to exit the building and he was arrested without incident," said Judge.
The suspect surrendered around 8 a.m. but police kept the entire block closed until noon on Monday so they could obtain a search warrant and clear the inside of the building.
Police have not release the suspect’s identity or said what charges he will face.