Authorities say a Florida sheriff's deputy fatally shot one of two men who pointed guns at him

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 11:12:54-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--- A sheriff's deputy looking for a suspect who had fled two traffic stops fatally shot a man Thursday night after two men pointed guns at him, Pinellas County Sheriff's officials said.

Investigators said a Clearwater police officer tried to stop a Lexus for a traffic violation at 9:07 p.m. But the driver didn't stop. The police officer didn't pursue the vehicle, sheriff's officials told news outlets.

A few minutes later, a Largo police officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. Again, the car didn't stop. That officer didn't pursue the vehicle either, according to reports.

Investigators learned the car was registered to someone at a St. Petersburg home. Clearwater police contacted officers working with Pinellas County's violent crimes task force, news outlets reported.

Deputy Richard Curry Jr. parked an unmarked car in an alley outside the home.

That's when a man approached the car and looked through the front windshield, investigators said. Curry rolled down his window and identified himself as a deputy sheriff. The man returned to the residence.

The man returned with another man. As they approached Curry's car, they pointed guns at him. Curry got out of his vehicle and fired his weapon at the men, the sheriff's office said.

The men dropped an AR style rifle and a semi-automatic handgun as they fled from the alley, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Sheriff's officials said both men appear to have fired at the deputy, who was not injured. Marquis Golden, 29, was killed.

A Clearwater police K9 found Delvin Ford, 22, hiding with a handgun on the roof of a nearby home.

Ford was taken into custody. The sheriff's office said charges are pending.

Curry, 32, will be placed on routine paid administrative leave.