NORTH PORT Fla. (WWSB) -The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday night involving the North Port Police Department.
Officers with the North Port Police Department responded around 8:30 p.m. to 1901 Mossy Oak Drive for a report of a man making suicidal threats and possible gunshots. When police arrived on scene, they located the suspect in the driveway of his residence. The suspect reached for a handgun in his waistband and pointed it at two officers, causing them to fire their agency-issued weapons. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect is identified as 47-year-old Howard Owens. Next of kin has been notified. Preliminary investigation revealed Owens previously stated he wanted officers to shoot him and threatened to use a firearm to force them to do so. No one else was injured during the incident.
North Port Police released a statement on the incident. It reads as follows:
“We’re confident a thorough independent investigation will be done which will look at all available evidence surrounding this incident. It’s a very unfortunate and sad situation. Our hearts go out to all involved.”