"Because I was so close, I made the decision to disarm the defendant and arrest him instead of shooting him," Pruitt said.
Kirane was playing the role of a killer in a murder-mystery game taking place in the open streets of Tampa's historic district. Eight people had paid $175 to help solve the mystery, staged by Medallion Adventures.
Passers-by called 911 after seeing Kirane apparently fire a gun — really a starter's pistol loaded with blanks — at another participant in the game. Several squad cars rushed to the scene and officers pulled their weapons and ordered him to put his gun on the ground.
Kirane complied and officers pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him.
The game participants figured it was simply part of the show.
"The lieutenant said, 'Explain to me what's going on,' " one participant, Kathy Mashburn, told the Tampa Tribune. She gave the description of her character in the game: a shareholder in a corrupt research company who had been infected with a deadly virus.
"He was just nodding," she said. "Then I said, 'It's a great day,'" the password to identify players in the game. "And he looked at me funny.
"Then I said, 'This is real, isn't it?' "
Another participant laughed at police when they asked her for information.
Kirane's cut was treated at Tampa General Hospital and he was charged with resisting arrest without violence.
Crime Blotter, a weekly feature of ABCNEWS.com, is compiled by Oliver Libaw.