Florida Man Attempts Entry Into JAX Elementary School With an Axe – Gets Shot

A Florida man, 37 attempted to enter the Ruth N. Upson Elementary School in Jacksonville carrying a large axe and ended up getting shot.

At around 2:48 p.m. the suspect approached the entrance to the school armed with a large axe and the school staff followed procedure and did what they were supposed to do. The school was put into lockdown, the Duval County Schools Police Department was notified, and the school staff kept the man from entering the school. A school safety officer stayed on campus but kept an eye on the suspect as he left the school.

Bruce Perkins was waiting for his daughter to get out of school. He said, “He had an axe and he was swinging at parents right in front of the school.”

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The suspect finally left, and as he started walking down the street following a couple towards a church, and as he neared the church, he was confronted by Duval County school police officers near Dancy Street. The man was ordered to drop the weapon repeatedly but did not comply. The suspect was shot at least once and is in the hospital in critical condition.

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DCPS Police Chief Greg Burton stated:

“As the subject came towards one of the officers, the officers gave him verbal warnings to drop the axe, kept giving him warnings to drop the axe. At that time the subject threatened the officer with the axe. The subject was then shot at least one time as the officer discharged his service weapon”

Duval County Schools Superintendent Diana Greene stated the school staff followed their training and kept all the students safe.

The school lockdown was lifted, and parents were advised of all’s well by the school.

The suspect has been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and trespass on school property with a firearm or other weapon.

His bond was set at $110,009, according to sheriff’s office records.


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