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Man found shot dead, wife injured

Published May 13, 2007

[Times photo: Joseph Garnett, Jr.]
Tarpon Springs police officers begin their investigation into a shooting at this house, where a 47-year-old man was found dead by a gunshot wound and his wife critically injured with a gunshot wound also.

TARPON SPRINGS - A teenage boy found his father shot to death and his mother critically wounded Saturday, authorities said.

Authorities said the bloodshed apparently resulted from a domestic dispute.

Before noon Saturday, city police responded to a 911 call to the home at 1848 Briland St. in the Grassy Pointe subdivision.

They found the body of Adolf Chan, 47, and his wife, Polly Chan, 48.

Polly Chan, 48, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition late Saturday, said Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeffrey Young.

The couple's 15-year-old son apparently found his parents and ran next door to the home of Gus and Eva Gialelis, where authorities were called, police said.

"It's like a nightmare," said. Eva Gialelis, 35.

The boy was placed into temporary foster care through the Department of Children and Families.

"It's scary," said Mike Cook, a neighbor. "We never even heard them argue. ... It makes no sense."

Neighbors said Adolf Chan, a computer programmer, and his wife began to experience financial difficulties last year. The couple put their home on the market, but after several months with no buyer, they gave up on selling.

"This is something you see on television, you don't expect it to happen in your neighborhood, and especially not next door to you," said Gus Gialelis, 44, who owns Smitty's restaurant in Clearwater.

Nicole Hutcheson can be reached at or 727445-4162.

[Last modified May 12, 2007, 22:58:44]

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