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Christopher Scott Kilgore, Wanted in Double Murder, Shot Multiple Times, Killed

7:06 PM, Oct 15, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Christopher Scott Kilgore, the man who has been wanted since early Monday in a double fatal shooting, was shot to death by police officers this afternoon.

Police received a call at 12:06 p.m. about a suspicious person on private property in the 17000 block of Normandy Boulevard, said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Frank Mackesy during a news conference this afternoon.

"It turned out to be the suspect we had been searching for," he said. "I'm 100 percent certain it is Christopher Scott Kilgore."

Kilgore was wanted for killing his brother and another man, James Coody, and for critically wounding his mother and father in a shooting at their home on Wooduck Road in Middleburg early Monday morning.

This afternoon JSO officers approached a 17-foot ski-type boat on the caller's property where Kilgore was hiding and yelled for Kilgore to give up. "Basically, he chose not to do that," he said.

Two officers and a SWAT team member fired at Kilgore at 12:52 p.m. There was "nothing to indicate the suspect fired in return," said Mackesy, adding there was one instance of shots.

"We don't know if it was suicide by cop," he said. "He had a handgun and a shotgun...(he) may have had rifle in the boat."

He said it is unclear if "he expired right away."

The officers involved are on administrative leave and the situation will be evaluated; they are officers Jared Reston, Chuck Pearson and Tim Stafford. "We never think we want to kill somebody...We'll look at everything (but) early indications are our officers did what they were supposed to do," Mackesy said.

Clay County Sheriff's Office Major Craig Aldrich said he was mainly pleased that the community could get back to normal. "I'm sure the public is relieved," he said. 

There was debris in the boat, like plywood, which Kilgore may have used to hide himself. Shotgun shells also were "strategically placed in the boat," said Mackesy.

The boat was on a trailer in a wooded area and its motor was covered.

It is unclear how long Kilgore was on the property but the owners who live there called police earlier this week and asked them to search the property since their dogs were barking and behaving strangely. The barking continued today, prompting the homeowners to call again.

Police headed into the woods near the home at County Road 217 and Normandy Boulevard, which was near the general search area for Kilgore this week, police said. 

A large number of police dressed in SWAT gear converged on the area. Several agencies, in addition to a helicopter overhead, were on the scene. 

SLIDESHOW: IMAGES FROM SHOOTING SCENE

Normandy Headstart school in the area was put on lockdown. Normandy Boulevard to McClelland was closed while the situation was developing, but was reopened to traffic at about 3 p.m. 

The search for Kilgore has taken a number of twists this week.

Authorities linked Kilgore to a robbery at a Kangaroo station on Normandy Boulevard near CR 217 Tuesday night.

Early Wednesday morning, police found Kilgore's getaway SUV in the driveway of a home on Normandy Boulevard, just west of the Kangaroo station.

JSO said a homeowner had an armed confrontation with a man believed to be Kilgore, who ultimately took off into the woods.

The incident led to a massive perimeter set up on the northwestern edge of Jennings State Forest. Authorities cautioned parents to drive their kids to school Thursday morning or call police for a ride. Schools in the area reported a drop in attendance.

Kilgore's parents remain in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Police attributed a delay in informing the public of Kilgore's death to their desire to tell his parents first. 

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