Jacksonville police kill man who threatened them with toy gun

Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 12:51 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE - Police shot and killed a man who threatened them with a gun, which turned out to be a toy.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a man inside the home ran into a back bedroom, said Chief Gordon Bass of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Bass said officers tried to get the man to come out, then saw what appeared to be a black handgun in the man's hand. When the man refused repeated pleas to drop the gun, at least one officer fired.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to the Shands Jacksonville hospital, where he died. Bass would not identify the officers involved.

Bass said the house was dimly lighted and officers did not know it was a toy gun. He said it was a "very good replica of a firearm."

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