Dramatic footage shows the moment a man was shot dead by police after he opened fire on them as they responded to a report he had assaulted his girlfriend.
Wayne Falana Jr, 35, was killed in a shootout with Clearwater police in Florida on December 26 after he shot at them.
Four officers were cleared by a Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office report which was released Wednesday and revealed new details about the incident, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Wayne Falana Junior, 35, (left) was killed in a shootout with Clearwater police in Florida on December 26. His girlfriend Annie Vann (right) fled the scene
Falana is seen running out onto the street where he shot at officers who then fired back at him
Officers said Falana opened fire with an M-11 9 mm (pictured) and fired 13 rounds during the incident
The report describes the events that occurred when officers arrived at 1438 Gulf to Bay Boulevard at about 1.57 am.
Police were contacted by the family of Falana’s girlfriend via Facebook and told that that he had beaten her and that she feared for her life.
Officers spent 30 minutes trying to find Annie Vann in the apartment complex,Police Chief Dan Slaughter said.
Accorting to a prosecutors’ report Falana had told her: ‘Call the police. I ain’t scared.
‘I’m going to go. You’re going to go. I’m ready to die, everybody’s going to die’.
The officers found her, then stood outside the back door of the apartment, trying to coax the woman to come outside. A video later released by police showed Falana opening fire on officers from inside the building.
Officers took cover while Falana ran to the front of the apartment where officers spotted him through a window, the report said.
Officers (pictured) scrambled for cover while Falana fired multiple rounds at them from the door of his apartment
Smoke can be seen billowing from the door after Falana fired several shots at officers
Seconds later Falana began shooting at officers through the glass door. The officers took cover behind their police cars and began firing back.
He then ran onto Gulf to Bay Boulevard, exchanging more gunfire with officers.
Falana then fell to the ground, still moving and disobeying officers’ to remain still. The officers continued firing, the report said. He died at the scene from 16 bullet wounds.
Officers Michael Spitaleri, Robert Main, Zachery Senter and Steven Buis were placed on administrative leave while the State Attorney investigated the shooting. They will return to duty this weekend.
Falana (pictured) is seen running to the road from his apartment and was still armed
Four officers are seen shooting at him and continue after he refused to listen to their orders and continued shooting
Falana in the far left distance falls to the ground after cops fire multiple shots at him
Cops then surround Falana, whose death was ruled as justifiable homicide this week
Sgt. Thomas Dawe, 41, had eight bullet holes in his pants, the report said, but somehow managed to escape injury.
Officer Robert Main said he felt a bullet jet right past his head and neck. He paused to pat the area to make sure he hadn’t been hit.
The report ruled Falana’s death to be justifiable homicide. Police Chief Dan Slaughter claimed it was one of the worst shooting incidents that he has seen in his 26 years serving the city.
Police were called to the scene at 1438 Gulf to Bay Boulevard
He told the Tampa Bay Times: ‘I can’t think of too many shootings we’ve had in Clearwater that have involved the exchange of multiple rounds like this.
‘I don’t think you can get any closer to losing an officer than you did on Dec. 26’.
Falana used three guns and fired 13 rounds during the incident, the report said. One had jammed and one was found near his body on the street.
According to state records, he had a criminal history that included charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana and resisting arrest without violence, according to state records.
‘He wasn’t supposed to be living there, he wasn’t supposed to be selling marijuana, he wasn’t supposed to be doing a lot of things. And he wasn’t supposed to be in possession of a gun. He’s not a good man’.
The chief said his officers were very fortunate to escape injury or worse during the incident. He added: ‘It was Christmas time. It’s a blessing they weren’t hurt’.