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Doctor shot man at Pasco clinic in self-defense, deputies say

HOLIDAY — A chiropractor acted in a self-defense when he shot an armed man who came into his medical office because of a domestic dispute Monday, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has ruled.

A confrontation took place between Dr. Lenny Linardos, 46, and Jaime Velez, 34, before Velez was shot multiple times at the West Coast Spine and Injury Center, sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow said Tuesday.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said Jamie Velez had threatened Linardos after the doctor had told Velez’s girlfriend, who is Linardos’ patient, of Velez’s infidelity, Nocco said. The sheriff said Velez had a gun when he arrived at the office, at 1817 U.S. 19 in Holiday, about 11 a.m. Monday.

“Jaime had called Dr. Lenny Linardos, made threats to him over the phone,” Nocco said. “Dr. Linardos took these threats very seriously.”

Words were exchanged before shots were fired, Snow said.

“Jaime Velez went into the doctor’s office. He was wearing rubber gloves. He had a gun in his waistband. He went into the office, confronted the doctor,” Nocco said. “The doctor, in defense, fired at Jaime.”

Velez, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and listed in critical, but stable, condition, the sheriff’s office said.

No charges have been filed against Linardos, and likely will not, the sheriff’s office said.

“He defended himself ... against a violent attack by an individual who was intent on causing him harm,” Linardos’ attorney, Cimos Angelis, said Tuesday. “It was a traumatic situation that he went through yesterday (Monday) as you can understand. And he’s not a violent person by any means.”

Linardos, Velez and a nurse were the only people inside the office at the time of the shooting, Snow said.

The nurse was not a witness, Snow said.

The sheriff’s office received two 911 calls after the shooting — one from a nearby business and another call from the nurse, who was not identified.

No other relationship between Linardos and Velez was released by the sheriff’s office, but the men are friends on Facebook.

Linardos was questioned by investigators after the shooting.

Linardos created 1-877-Ask-Koby, a hotline for referring those involved in accidents to doctors and lawyers, in October 2004.

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