Fatal shooting at Venice Courthouse

November 24th, 2009 by

mysuncoast VENICE - A Venice woman was shot and killed outside a Sarasota County courthouse Monday. An hour later, officers shot and killed the man they believe was responsible — her estranged husband.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. Monday afternoon, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting that occurred in the rear parking lot of the R.L. Anderson Administration building at 4000 South Tamiami Trail in Venice.

Deputies arrived to find 69-year-old Carolyn Provencal of Venice shot dead in the back of the head. The victim was identified, and based upon her information deputies were able to determine a suspect and his last known address. That man was 69-year-old Alan Provencal, Carolyn’s husband.

Officers quickly located and confronted Alan at his home in the 4200 block of South Salford Boulevard in North Port. According to eyewitnesses, the armed suspect was approached by North Port Police outside his home. “An officer was on the PA and he was yelling…’put your hands up…drop the gun…put your hands up.’ And then I heard five gunshots; all at once,” says neighbor Christian Grover.

“The suspect had a firearm in his hand; he refused all verbal commands to put down the firearm and then raised the firearm in the direction of the officers. One of the officers fired two rounds, killing the suspect,” says Sarasota County Sheriff’s spokesperson Wendy Rose.

Carolyn Provencal had been headed into the administration building for an appointment. Carolyn and Alan had been going through a divorce.

“I mean he’s already shot and killed somebody within hours, and he’s got a gun in his hand now…I mean its either you or them. So I believe they acted appropriately. And if I was a police officer, I would have shot him, too,” says Grover.

Witnesses say the officer who shot and killed Alan Provencal was understandably shaken.

Neighbors also say they thought they heard gunshots earlier in the day as well.

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