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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office: Man fatally shot by officers Monday night had criminal past

5:34 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a man fatally shot by police Monday had a long criminal history.

Chief Tom Hackney released new details Tuesday on the officer-involved shooting that happened just after 8:00 p.m. Monday night.

According to Chief Tom Hackney, 38-year-old Anthony Dwayne Harris got into an altercation with his 17-year-old son at his son's home on Pearl Street.

Hackney said Harris threw the teen into a china cabinet, which broke, and the boy's mother called 911.

When police arrived, Hackney said there was a struggle outside the home as officers attempted to handcuff Harris.

"The officers began to handcuff the subject, who repeatedly told them that he was not going back to jail," said Hackney during a news conference. 

Officer Kevin Kilcoin was injured while making the arrest. It's unclear at this time if he was grazed by a bullet or was injured by something on the ground, Hackney said. JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said Kilcoin has since been released from the hospital.

Harris attempted to grab one of the officers' guns, and that's when Hackney said Officer Scott Williams fired seven shots. All of those shots hit Harris.

Harris has an extensive record and was most recently released from the Duval County Jail less than two weeks ago.

JSO said the man's criminal past goes back 23 years.

"It dated back to when he was 15 and had an arrest for murder and as an adult another arrest for murder," said Hackney.

The Harris family is not disputing that Anthony Harris told the officers he was not going back to jail.

Shanice Green, Harris' daughter, said she was in the Springfield home Monday night when officers responded to the domestic violence call.

Green said her dad did not reach for an officer's gun. She said she watch the confrontation from inside the home while officers and her dad struggled on the sidewalk.

Green believes her dad's criminal past does not play into to what happened Monday night.

"I don't think it is more important than the fact he got shot in front off his children," said Green.

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