Stray bullet fired by deputy hits woman inside Palm Harbor condo

Neighbors report: flare gun fired

Article Courtesy of Channel 8 News -- Tampa
By Peter Bernard    

Published November 9, 2018

PALM HARBOR - Monday afternoon, there was chaos at the Stillwater Palms condos in Palm Harbor.

Kathleen Rivas grabbed her cell phone, capturing the moments when Pinellas County deputies swarmed the parking lot.

It started over vandalism to a red Cadillac. Gia Tomossone reported someone smashed out her windows.

“Very scary. Very scary. So I was just like, I'm gonna back up,” said neighbor, Deidre Fox.

She went on alert when she heard loud noises right outside her condo.

“I heard 'pop,' and I'm like, you know, thinking initially, firecracker, you know, hoping. And then I heard it a couple more times and I said, 'oh, that sounds like gun fire.' So I opened up my door and I just heard yelling,” said Fox.



Pinellas County deputies tell us Joshua D'Anastasio got into an argument with Kevin King and later fired a flare gun at King from his balcony.

Deputy Joseph Wodraska saw the muzzle flash, thought it was a real gun and, fearing for Tomossone and King, fired several times, shattering the glass and hitting D'Anastasio's girlfriend, Gwen Stubbs, who was inside the condo.

Paramedics took her to a hospital with a gunshot wound to her left arm.

In an odd twist, someone left a Stephen King novel on the trunk of the Cadillac.

“Stephen King's 'It' book said, 'be nice to your wife, okay?' And a bunch of hash tags and everything on it,” said Devonne Fox.

D'Anastasio is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.

Stubbs is being treated for the gunshot wound.