|LARGO, FL - A Largo police officer this morning shot and killed a man who was armed with a pellet gun that was fashioned to look like a black .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun, police said.The man has been identified as Vincent J. Esposito, 41, of Oldsmar.At about 4:20 a.m., someone called police saying a man was shooting at a neighbor’s house in the 800 block of 14th Avenue Southwest, Lt. Mike Loux said.As officers rushed to the scene, the shooter ran away but was found by Sgt. Frank Parr at 1203 Ridge Road S.W., Loux said. There was a confrontation between the two, and Parr shot Esposito, Loux said.Esposito was taken to an area hospital, where he died, Loux said. A more detailed chronology of events was not supplied by police.|
The FOP website his him listed as on disability.
|Vincent James "Vince" Esposito, age 41, a resident of Chicago, IL, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. He was born Oct. 7, 1966 in Chicago. Dearly beloved son of James Vincent, Jr. and Joanne (nee Imburgia) Esposito of Naperville, IL; beloved brother of MichaelEsposito of Chicago, James (Lisa) Esposito of Itasca, IL and Marie Esposito of Naperville, IL; adored uncle of Michaela and Dominic Esposito; cherished grandson of Jenny and the late James Vincent Esposito, Sr. and the late Dominic and Marie Imburgia; loving nephew of Anthony Imburgia, Chuck (the late Pat) Imburgia, Dominic (Joyce) Imburgia, Richard (Mary) Esposito and Ronald (Pat) Esposito, fond cousin and friend of many. Vince was a member of the class of 1984 at Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL and was a graduate of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He had served as a police officer with the Chicago Police Department since 1991 and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Vince enjoyed motorcycles, cars and traveling. He was a member of Southern Cruisers Motorcycle Riding Club and was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Visitation Wednesday, Oct. 8, 3 to 9 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville, IL. Services will begin Thursday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home and will proceed to an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Entombment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Free Spirit Siberian Rescue, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or PAWS Chicago. For info. 630-355-0213.|
It seems as if he was battling some personal demons. God rest your soul, Officer. Prayers and condolences to his friends and family.