Suspected Arsonist Dies In Shootout With Pasco Deputies

A man who set fire at two Pasco county car dealerships later died in a shootout with deputies at his New Port Richey home.

At Rock Bottom auto dealers in Hudson surveillance cameras around the shop showed Patrick Tillery setting fires to various cars.

That’s what led deputies to Tillery’s home on Yucca Drive in New Port Richey.

With young children in the next room, Sheriff Nocco says Tillery ambushed the 3 deputies inside, firing 2 to 3 rounds.

“He caused it and we responded. We returned fire and he’s dead,” says Sheriff Nocco.

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Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.