Pasco News

Doctor shot man at Holiday clinic in self-defense, deputies say

HOLIDAY — A chiropractor acted in self-defense when he shot a man who came into his medical office Monday morning, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

Some type of dispute took place between chiropractor Lenny Linardos, 46, and Jaime Velez, 34, before Velez was shot multiple times at the West Coast Spine and Injury Center, sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow said Tuesday.

“At this time we believe in order to defend himself, Doctor Lenny Linardos, who also had a gun, fired his weapon injuring Jaime Velez,” Snow said.

No charges have been filed against Linardos and likely will not, Snow said.

“At this time, the Pasco sheriff’s office is looking at this case as a self-defense case,” Snow said. “We believe Jaime Velez arrived to the doctor’s office yesterday (Monday) morning with a gun.”

Velez, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and was listed in critical but stable condition, the sheriff’s office said.

Calls to Linardos’ attorney were not immediately returned.

About 11 a.m. Monday, Velez entered the clinic, at 1817 U.S. 19, Holiday, and went into Linardos’ back office, investigators said. Moments later, the confrontation took place, deputies said.

Linardos, Velez and a nurse were the only people inside the office at the time, Snow said.

The nurse was not a witness to the shooting, Snow said.

The sheriff’s office received two 911 calls after the shooting — one from a nearby business and another call from the nurse, who was not identified.

No relationship between Linardos and Velez was released by the sheriff’s office, but the men are friends on Facebook.

Linardos was questioned by investigators after the shooting.

Linardos created 1-877-Ask-Koby, a hotline for referring those involved in accidents to doctors and lawyers, in October 2004.