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"He is schizophrenic:" Deputies release 911 call, body-cam footage of Pasco shootout (w/video)

PORT RICHEY — A woman called Pasco County emergency dispatch on Thursday to report that her son had shot someone inside their garage. The son was having a "schizophrenic episode," she told dispatchers, and was now outside.

"Hurry," she said, according to a recording of the call released Monday.

Body camera videos also released Monday capture the shooting that erupted after deputies arrived. In the end the son, Brian DiSario, 30, lay dead at his Constance Avenue home from what deputies say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man they say he shot, David Armstrong, 56, also was dead.

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco defended the response on Monday.

"Addiction and mental health, they are health care issues," he said. "We always get called in, because we're the ones that have to solve the problems.

"Until the federal government, everybody, puts resources to take care of these health care issues, we're going to have shootings like this."

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No deputies were injured in the shooting. A nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown after deputies responded to what they initially described as an active shooter report.

The woman in the emergency dispatch call was not identified.

"Just get an ambulance here quickly," she told a dispatcher. "My son shot someone. He is schizophrenic. Please get the officer and ambulance here now. He's got a loaded gun."

She can later be heard shouting "No!" and "Hurry!"

She described DiSario to the dispatcher and said he's "having a schizophrenic episode."

"Oh God, he's outside the house with the gun," she said.

Outside, deputies approached with guns drawn. Deputy Nick Carmack carried what the Sheriff's Office described as a long gun and Michael Sudler held a handgun.

DiSario is visible outside the house on the body camera video. One deputy shouts: "Hey bro, put your f---ing hands up."

The deputy again yells for DiSario to put his hands up before retreating, asking for his shield from the truck. Then shots ring out.

DiSario used a Core 15 CXV AR-15 rifle, as well as a .22-caliber rifle that deputies could not identify, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

In a news conference Monday, Nocco said DiSario bought the AR-15 in 2015, and that the agency is working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine if the purchase was legal.

Nocco said that DiSario moved to Florida about two years ago and had been seeing a doctor and taking medication until this year.

The sheriff expressed frustration that mentally ill people often go untreated, leaving law enforcement to handle them. He said the agency was aware that Disario's mother was worried about him owning weapons.

"Unfortunately there is nothing that we as a Sheriff's Office [can do] to stop him from having his guns," he said.

Nocco brushed off online comments criticizing how the deputies handled the standoff, repeatedly calling Carmack and Sudler "heroes."

Contact Langston Taylor at [email protected] Follow @langstonitaylor.

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