LARGO — Three Largo police officers were involved in a shooting with an armed man the night of Nov. 6.
Officers responded to a call about a domestic disturbance about 9:50 p.m. on 144th Lane North. Reportedly, a male was at his ex-girlfriend’s home, damaging her vehicle and engaging in a disagreement with the neighbors.
While on the way to the home, dispatch told officers that the man was possibly armed and a witness had heard a gunshot.
When officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the man, identified as James Roesler, 58, they found he was armed with a .308 rifle. Officers identified themselves as police officers and ordered Roesler to drop his weapon.
Police say Roesler refused to drop his weapon and pointed the rifle at three officers who fired their weapons, striking Roesler. The man was transported to Bayfront Health and was reportedly in stable condition. No other injuries were reported in the shooting.
Police say Roesler reportedly told investigators that “what I did was stupid” and that “the officers did what they had to do.”
In addition, two Largo officers who were also responding to the scene were involved in a vehicle crash. The officers, identified as Charles Flowers and Neritan Hisa, were transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating this shooting per a memorandum of understanding. The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Ryan Kennedy, David Neverline and Thomas Dziamba.
Roesler was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a person age 65 or older and felony criminal mischief.
Revised to provide recently released details including identities.