LARGO — Largo police responded to a call about a hit-and-run crash about 8 p.m. April 7 in the 11000 block of Walsingham Road, but ended up investigating a shooting.
Police say witnesses saw a pedestrian down in the road and assumed he had been hit by a car. The witnesses tried to help the man, who gathered his belongings and began walking away. The witnesses urged the pedestrian to say and wait for medical assistance. The witnesses followed the man and continued to ask him to stay.
Police say the pedestrian “made it very clear” he wanted to leave.
After being followed for a block and a half, the pedestrian became angry, produced a box cutter, and approached one of what police are calling “good Samaritans” in a threatening manner. The good Samaritan fired one round from a handgun, striking the pedestrian in the leg.
The good Samaritan immediately rendered aid and applied a tourniquet to the pedestrian as paramedics arrived. The unidentified pedestrian was transported to Bayfront Medical where he underwent surgery for the gunshot wound.
Police say they are unsure whether a vehicle struck the pedestrian or if he fell into the road. The pedestrian had no injuries that would indicate a crash. No witnesses who were at the scene saw contact between a vehicle and the pedestrian.
Detectives have not been able to interview the injured man because of his medical condition. The unidentified good Samaritan was detained and interviewed by detectives and subsequently released.
Detectives are investigating and charges may be pending for one or more of the parties.