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At least 21 bullets fired in fatal officer-involved shooting

6:57 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released more information Wednesday about an officer-involved shooting.

The incident, which the department is calling suicide-by-cop, started around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Countryside Village, a mobile home park on Beach Boulevard.

Chief Tom Hackney said officers responded to a domestic dispute between Elbert Lilley, 59, and his stepson, Todd Jones, 41.

Hackney said the two were in an argument over living arrangements at a trailer Lilley owned.

Hackney said Jones ambushed his stepfather, stabbing him in the chest with a knife attached to a PVC pipe.

Lilley was able to escape and was taken to Shands Jacksonville, where he is in serious condition.

Jones barricaded himself inside a trailer before opening the door and charging at officers with a pellet gun in hand, Hackney said.

He said three officers opened fire 21 times in self-defense, even though Jones never issued any verbal threats toward police.

He said 11 bullets hit Jones, who died at the scene.

Hackney said officers fired both while Jones was still standing, but also after he fell down because he was still moving and still armed.

Hackney said officers did not know Jones' weapon was a pellet gun at the time he charged out of the trailer.

"Here's a man who knew he had a pellet gun. He was aware that he had it. We didn't know that he had it. And if he's going to take the time to charge at officers screaming, running, pointing at them, the anticipated result would be what he got," Hackney said.

The three officers involved are on administrative leave, per department policy.

They are Angel Santiago, a four year veteran, Robert Holmes, a six year veteran and Sgt. Joel Weeks, a 20 year veteran.

Hackney said Weeks has now been involved in four officer involved shootings while at JSO.

Police reports show police responded to at least five domestic disputes between Lilley and Jones in the past. No charges were ever filed, Hackney said.

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