Jacksonville police fatally shoot man carrying sword

April 5th, 2011 by Staff

www.jacksonville.com – A sword-wielding man who fought through officers’ Tasers and tried to escape in a patrol car was killed Tuesday morning by Jacksonville police.
An officer on his way to work responded to a call about 8:25 a.m. of a man waving an approximately 3-foot-long sword on New Berlin Road and Richfield Boulevard, said Dwain Senterfitt, a director with the Sheriff’s Office.
The officer, Robert Wilbanks, approached the trench coat-wearing man and got into a struggle with him near the entrance to the Shirley Oaks neighborhood. The 911 caller also jumped in to assist the officer, Senterfitt said.
“The two of them actually had quite a fight with this guy,” Senterfitt said.
He said the civilian is about 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, and noted how strong the suspect was. It wasn’t known how big the other man was.
Backup officers arrived and tried to help.
Police fired two Taser shots at him. Senterfitt said the Tasers were ineffective, but he did not know why or if the probes only struck the coat.
The man then pulled the sword out of his trench coat and got into Wilbanks’ vehicle, which had a Glock and an AR15 assault rifle inside.
He started to rev the engine and was trying to get it in gear when Wilbanks shot through the windshield and Officer Ken Browning shot through the driver’s side, Senterfitt said.
The unidentified suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Senterfitt said the civilian suffered a bite to one hand and he was taken to a hospital for what may be a broken right hand. Wilbanks suffered some abrasions. This is the third police-involved shooting in Jacksonville this month.


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