By JOSH HAYWARD/Associated PressFlorida man who died after being arrested after officers found his 9mm handgun, was armed with a handgun that the police said he was carrying, and was also carrying a gun license plate that was registered to his mother, authorities said Friday.
A grand jury indicted Timothy O’Donnell on manslaughter charges after a police pursuit in the Tampa suburb of Tampa Bay ended with a crash involving his vehicle and a car traveling at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
The charges against O’Connell were unsealed Friday afternoon in Hillsborough County Circuit Court in Tampa, where a lawyer representing O’Connors family and lawyers for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had argued for leniency.
In a statement, the agency said O’Donnas death “caused the department great grief and sorrow.”
“The actions of the officers involved in the pursuit and arrest of Timothy O. O’Dowd were inexcusable, and they were completely unjustified,” the agency’s statement said.
“The family requests that this matter be resolved expeditiously, and we will pursue all appropriate legal avenues to ensure justice is served.”
A Tampa Police Department report said that officers tried to pull O’Deowd over after seeing him “frantically waving” his gun.
The officer’s report said O”was not compliant with the officer’s commands and attempted to pull away from the vehicle, causing the vehicle to crash into the back of a parked car.”
O’Deawd, 29, of Tampa, was driving in his 2007 Dodge Charger with a Florida license plate of VVV.
The Florida Highway Patrol, which was in charge of the pursuit, issued a statement saying the officers were responding to reports of a possible stolen vehicle.
The statement said O-Dowds mother had a valid concealed carry license and was not at the scene of the crash when officers stopped him.
O’Dowell was arrested about two hours after the crash, and the investigation into the crash remains ongoing, according to Hillsborough District Attorney Steve Anderson.
He declined to comment on the charges.
The Tampa Police Association said in a statement that O’Donells death “was a tragedy for his family, friends, the law enforcement community, and our community.
It is a tragedy that will never be forgotten.””
He was a great man who will be deeply missed,” the statement said, adding that the association “will continue to offer support and prayers to his family.”