A Pasco County man, who was killed by law enforcement in Mexico Beach April 10, was being sought in connection with grand theft charges from Franklin County for allegedly stealing a boat in Lanark Village.
John Darlington, 57, was shot at about 10 a.m. at the Rustic Sands Campgrounds at 800 N. 15th Street by Mexico Beach police officers. A news release said officers were confronted by Darlington, who was armed with a firearm, and an officer shot him.
The unnamed officer involved was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducts an investigation into the shooting.
Lt. James Hamm said Darlington was a person of interest in the April 8 theft of a $62,000 boat out of Lanark Village, which was recovered the next day. He was also wanted on a dozen warrants out of Pasco County.
In July 2018, Darlington was paroled to Tallahassee after completing a 10-year sentence in state prison on convictions that included for grant theft, aggravated assault, and trafficking in stolen property.