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Florida man kills family friend for hitting on imaginary girlfriend

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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -

Authorities in Florida say a murder that turned into a shootout with deputies started when a man believed a family friend was hitting on his imaginary girlfriend.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Brian Disario shot and killed a friend of his mother's, 56-year-old David Armstrong on Thursday. Deputies say Disario believed Armstrong was hitting on his girlfriend, a woman who law enforcement says doesn't actually exist. 

When they responded to the scene, it prompted a shootout with Disario, WCMH reports.  Deputies pulled back and tried to negotiate unsuccessfully. They eventually used a robot to enter the home, where they found Disario dead inside. His cause of death remains under investigation. 

Disario had a history of mental illness and investigators say Disario managed to stockpile weapons and ammunition, but they aren't sure how.

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