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43-Year-Old Man Shot, Killed By A Florida Officer For Refusing To Dropping His Axe

Florida Man Gets Shot to Death after Refusing to Drop Axe
Florida Officer Shoots and Kills Man Mid-Sentence for Refusing To Drop an Axe. (Photo: Reason)

43-Year-Old Man Shot And Killed By A Florida Officer Mid-Sentence For Refusing To Dropping His Axe

The Florida officer is now hiding and trying to protect his identity under a state law aimed at protecting crime victims. A newly released body-camera footage seems to show an unidentified Jacksonville, Sheriff’s Office law-enforcement officer revealing his shooting and killing a man carrying an axe after refusing an order to put it down and attempting to talk to the officer.

The miserable shooting happened in April in Jacksonville. There was a report of a “mentally ill” man cutting electricity at people’s homes and then vandalizing them.

The body camera footage shows an officer encountering the 43-year-old, Mahan, on someone’s property, just standing behind some bushes. According to a published post by Reason, he seemed alone and was not threatening anybody but he was holding an axe.

The officer approached Mahan and ordered him to drop his axe, but Mahan was not listening and refused to attempt to talk to the officer.

Florida Man Gets Shot to Death after Refusing to Drop Axe

Florida Officer Shoots and Kills Man Mid-Sentence for Refusing To Drop an Axe. (Photo: Reason)

Florida Officer Shot and Killed Man After Refusing to Drop Axe

The officer had his gun drawn and aimed at Mahan but he kept a distance. After the fourth demand of the officer, Mahan held his axe up and starts saying to the officers, his words were “Man, listen, bro …,” then the officer shot him immediately.

The 43-year-old Mahan died, and even though he did hold up the axe, it didn’t seem like he was a threat and was too far from the officer to swing it at him.

Mahan has a long history but this doesn’t justify the fact that the officer shot him without understanding the situation, the officer.

The law in Florida can be invoked by police officers to hide their names from the public. Nonetheless, no sensible person would conclude that the law enforcement officer was a “victim” of any crime after watching that body camera footage.