Sean Petrozzino, Quadruple Amputee Wanted as "Person of Interest" for Parents' Murder, Commits Suicide
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Sean Petrozzino, a quadruple amputee who had been considered a "person of interest" in the shooting deaths of his parents, has committed suicide, according to Memphis police.
Authorities had initially believed Petrozzino was headed for Coral Springs in his dead father's car after police found his parents, Nancy Petrozzino, 64, and Michael Petrozzino, 63, murdered in their Orlando-area home.
The news report says Petrozzino shot himself after Memphis Police initiated a traffic stop on Monday night.
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According to the report, police spotted the 2012 Toyota Camry Petrozzino was driving and initiated a traffic stop. The Camry made a U-turn before coming to a stop.
As the officers exited their squad car and approached the Toyota, they heard "a faint pop" from inside the Camry.
As they approached the Camry, they saw a man they identified as Sean Petrozzino with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a pistol nearby. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither officer fired his weapon, according to the report.
The incident is an ongoing investigation, and the report says Orange County Sheriff Homicide detectives are on their way to Memphis.
Petrozzino, 30, who is missing parts of his hands and feet as a result of a bacterial meningitis infection he suffered as an adolescent, grew up in South Florida.
After suffering his injuries, Petrozzino had to undergo a dozen surgeries. He was then relegated to using prosthetic legs after doctors removed his limbs. He's also missing part of his hands.
Petrozzino had recently fallen into hard times after separating from his wife. His home in Georgia also apparently went into foreclosure, and he moved in with his parents in Orlando two weeks ago.
Orange County Police called Petrozzino a "person of interest" after he was spotted in surveillance footage at an Orlando-area ATM last Tuesday, the same day his parents were found murdered. Petrozzino was seen in the surveillance images with his father's red Toyota Camry. Police believed he was headed to Coral Springs.
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