FDLE continues to investigate deputy involved shooting in Escambia County

Northwest Florida

We’re waiting on an update from state officials after deputies shoot and kill a man they say attacked officers with a meat cleaver.  The incident happened early Saturday morning at an apartment complex for seniors.  

People who live at Alabaster Gardens say this is generally a quiet place.  We don’t know much about the man who was shot.  Residents say he also lived here and did not seem well lately.  A lot of people who live here say they were awoken to the sound of gunshots early Saturday morning.  

Escambia County officials say deputies were responding to a 911 call here early Saturday morning.  Someone claimed a person had been murdered in one of the units.  They say when they arrived they were confronted by a man with a meat cleaver.  According to an ECSO Facebook post, they ordered the man to drop his weapon but they say he then went after the deputies and they opened fire.  The man was killed.  His name has not officially been released.

Members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were at the apartment complex Saturday morning gathering evidence.  The case is in their hands now.  We hope to get an update from them later today.  

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