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Deputies shoot man with gun, sheriff's office says

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Two Pinellas County deputies fired multiple shots at a man with an automatic rifle, authorities said.

It happened around 8:30 at 119th Street and Whitesell Field.

The sheriff's office said deputies were following the man after getting a tip about a drug deal.

The driver of the car pulled over and the man got out of the passenger side carrying a gun, and took off on foot, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies chased him, got into a confrontation and shot him, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained.

"He runs, he tries to get over a fence, at that point with an automatic rifle in his hands, a confrontation occurred with the deputies. Two deputies fired on him, striking him numerous times," Gualtieri said.

The man was taken to the hospital and was undergoing surgery late Friday night.

We'll have the latest on this story starting at 6 am on Good Day.

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