Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Jason Suhadolnik (Uninjured)
Address: 9549 86th Avenue North, Seminole
Sergeant Tommy Rassier (Uninjured)
Date of Hire: 06/11/2000
Deputy Obed Munoz (Uninjured)
Date of Hire: 05/18/2015
Cheryl Lynn Karpinecz (Deceased)
Address: 9535 86th Avenue North, Seminole
Deputies say a Seminole woman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after she battered a man during a neighbor dispute and pointed a gun at a Sheriff’s Office sergeant.
Deputies received the call at about 3:24 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Deputies found the woman deceased at about 8:23 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Deputies were originally called to a private residence located at 9549 86th Avenue North in Seminole.
Deputies found the woman deceased in her private residence located at 9535 86th Avenue North in Seminole.
According to deputes, at about 3:24 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, deputies were called to a residence located at 9549 86th Avenue North, in Seminole, for a complaint of a battery.
When deputies arrived they made contact with the complainant, 44-year-old Jason Suhadolnik. Suhadolnik said that he was outside his townhome working on his truck underneath the carport when he was approached by a neighbor, 65-year-old Cheryl Karpinecz.
Suhadolnik informed deputies that Karpinecz was angry and confronted him because he was working on his truck in front of his home. Suhadolnik said that they got into a verbal argument and Karpinecz punched him in the chest.
Suhadolnik said he told Karpinecz that he was calling the police. Karpinecz walked back towards her residence located at 9535 86th Avenue North, Seminole.
Deputy Obed Munoz was speaking with Suhadolnik near Karpinecz’s residence when Sergeant Tommy Rassier approached Karpinecz’s residence to speak with her about the alleged battery.
Deputies say Sergeant Rassier approached the front of Karpinecz’s residence and saw Karpinecz inside her home through the sliding glass door. Sgt. Rassier approached the sliding glass door when Karpinecz pointed a silver revolver handgun at him.
Sergeant Rassier sought cover and yelled to Deputy Munoz for assistance.
Karpinecz opened the front door to her home and stood in the doorway while deputies gave her verbal commands. Karpinecz refused the deputies directions and retreated back into her home.
Deputies never discharged their firearms.
Deputies set a perimeter around the residence and spent more than four hours trying to establish communication with Karpinecz. Deputies used an armored vehicle and a loud speaker to call out to Karpinecz but received no response.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was activated. At about 8:23 p.m., SWAT Team members made entry into Karpinecz’s residence and found her deceased on a bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head.
No deputies were injured.
Deputies say Karpinecz had a history of mental health issues and Baker Acts.
Video from the Sheriff’s press conference can be obtained here: https://youtu.be/RBOms-YBBy4
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