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July 1, 2014 — Jacksonville

Michael Jones Keys Sr. had just turned 59 when called 911 and threatened to kill other people and himself.

The Sheriff's Office said he told the dispatcher: "Send the SWAT team. I want to get killed." Officers arrived at his home about 5 p.m. and addressed him though a bullhorn.

Keys came outside long enough to see police, then went back inside. He returned with a handgun and pointed it at the closest officers. Read more

Sgt. Tony Batrous fired five shots. Officer Kenon Samuel fired twice. Both were using AR-15 rifles.

Keys was hit six times in the torso, abdomen, arm and hands. He died at the scene.

Police found an assault rifle inside the house.

The police report said Keys had been drinking. He had previously been committed for observation under the Baker Act.

This was the 75th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Zephyrhills .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Keys did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Keys was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Keys told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Keys was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Keys showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Keys pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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