August 1, 2021 22:17

Video released of officer involved shooting in Florida bar

NEW PORT RICHEY — The name of the man who was fatally shot in a downtown bar by New Port Richey police officers earlier this week was released Friday by the police department.

Guy Bradly Able, 56, was the man police killed Tuesday, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. The shooting took place about 12:10 p.m. that afternoon at Sullivan’s Boulevard Lounge on Grand Boulevard.

Two officers were dispatched to the bar after a caller complained about a man threatening to shoot people there, police said. When they arrived and entered the bar, officers said, Able pulled out a gun and pointed it at them.

The officers drew their weapons and shot him, police said. They rendered medical aid to the wounded man, but he was later pronounced dead at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart said Tuesday that the agency had not been able to quickly identify the man after the shooting.

The chief has not said if the man fired at the officers, or how many shots the officers fired. A statement issued by the department Friday did not address those issues or offer other new details about the shooting.

The police department on Friday declined release the names of either of the officers involved in the shooting, citing ongoing investigations. Both were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, Bogart said Tuesday. It’s not clear whether one or both of them fired their weapons.

Bogart said Tuesday that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office would both investigate the shooting. The police department will not conduct its own investigation, he said.

Neither officer was wearing a body-worn camera. Though city officials in September approved the purchase of more than 40 body cameras, Bogart said Tuesday that equipment has yet to arrive.

Able, an Ohio native, had lived in the New Port Richey and Port Richey area for more than a decade, records show. Family members could not be located for comment.

Records also showed he had an extensive arrest record, including convictions related to drugs, theft and battery.

He served five stints in state prisons, most recently for cocaine possession, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He was released in 2010.


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