It’s the second time in four years that deputies have shot and killed a man who had been arrested at least 23 times, according to a Florida sheriff’s office. The second time is fatal.
Deputies shot and killed Gary Gene Shriver, 61, on Nov. 11 while serving two arrest warrants at a residence in Spring Hill, according to a post on the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The warrants charged him with violating his probation for drug abuse and dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawn shop, according to the sheriff’s office.
When deputies went inside, Shriver “immediately became confrontational,” the sheriff’s office said. His actions “led to the shooting of the deputy.”
A sheriff’s office public information officer did not release more information about what led to the shooting. The sheriff’s office does not use body cameras.
The department did not name the deputy who shot Shriver, but said the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave. The shooting is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Shriver lived near the house owned by Florida Sen. Blaise Ingolia, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The sheriff’s office said Shriver was known to have violent tendencies. He used at least 10 aliases and three Social Security numbers.
He has been arrested at least 23 times since 1977 on charges including burglary; throwing a deadly missile at a building, vehicle or aircraft; possession of drugs; robbery; and grand larceny, the sheriff’s office said.
In February 2018, a the witness called the police to report that they saw someone, later identified as Shriver, walking around the Family Dollar store in Spring Hill with a gun, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Spring Hill is about 50 miles north of Tampa.
The deputy confronted Shriver at a nearby intersection and told him to show his hands, but he refused, the release said. As a result, he pulled an “object” from his pocket and pointed it at the deputy, who shot him, according to the release.
He recovered from his injuries.
Shriver was sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and to another three years in 2019 on charges of grand larceny, dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawn shop, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Shriver was imprisoned in April 2012 and was released in June 2013, the agency said. He returned to prison in August 2019 and was released again on July 9, 2021.
No obituary for Shriver could be found.