Memphis police identified the man who shot himself in his car at a traffic stop as Sean Petrozzino, the 30 year-old quadruple amputee who was declared a “person of interest” in the case of his parent’s death.
Pertozzino drove 800 miles from Orange County to Memphis. He was stopped by the police for making an illegal U-turn in a Memphis neighborhood. Petrozzino was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry registered on his parents’ name, but with different tags.
Shortly after, the police officers heard a gun sound as they were heading towards the stopped vehicle. Petrozzino ended his life with the help of a semiautomatic pistol. According to the authorities, it is not the gun used in the murder of his parents. Nobody else was in the car with Petrozzino.
“Orange County Investigators, who are familiar with Petrozzino, traveled to Memphis in order to help properly identify the body due to the fact that the victim is a quadruple amputee and we were unable to confirm through fingerprints,” Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said.
Police was looking for Petrozzino since Nov. 4, after his parents have been found shot dead. Nancy Petrozzino, 64, and Michael Petrozzino, 63 had been killed with a high-powered rifle, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The man was shot once in the head, rendering him unrecognizable, and three times in the abdomen. The woman was shot twice from the front and once from the back, according to the medical examiner.
Their bodies had been found after one of Nancy Petrozzino’s colleagues at Andover Elementary School called 911 when she noticed Nancy’s absence. Michael Petrozzino worked at Walt Disney World.
“Nobody can imagine he would turn on them, especially since he had just moved in with them,” Nancy’s stepsister, Jennifer Munro, said Tuesday. “I’m just mad that he’s gone, because we can’t ask him.”
After suffering from bacterial meningitis when he was 16, the 30-year-old’s lower legs and hands had to be amputated. Petrozzino had prosthetic legs, but at the moment it’s not clear if he had prosthetic arms as well. Petrozzini’s struggle with his condition has previously been chronicled by the local media.
According to his social media profiles, the man had a strong interest in guns. Firing a gun without prosthetics may be a difficult task, but Petrozzino may have had developed a technique.