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OCSO: Machete-wielding suspect dies in officer-involved shooting on Okaloosa Island

Officer-involved shooting involving individual armed with machete
Officer-involved shooting involving individual armed with machete(OCSO)
Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 9:54 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 3:15 PM CDT
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UPDATE: A machete-wielding homeless man shot by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies Friday morning has died, authorities said.

According to the sheriff’s department, the man armed with a machete slashed another individual in an unprovoked attack near a pavilion at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island shortly after 8 a.m. When deputies arrived, the man ignored their commands to drop his weapon and instead aggressively advanced on them, prompting deputies to open fire, officials said.

The deputies performed lifesaving measure, however the suspect died at the scene, according to officials.

A Georgia tourist who suffered a significant laceration to his shoulder in the initial incident was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment.

“Our deputies were on the scene within three minutes of the calls. Despite their pleas to the armed individual to put down his weapon, he ultimately rushed at them with it instead. It’s a tragic situation. I’m incredibly grateful our deputies are okay and that their quick response and solid training in the face of great personal danger prevented anyone else from being hurt or killed,’ said Sheriff Eric Aden.

The incident was captured on the deputy’s body worn cameras.

As standard procedure, the deputies will be on paid leave while an investigation takes place.

The results of the investigation will be turned over to the State Attorney’s Office for review.

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EARLIER STORY:

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of an officer-involved shooting at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting occurred during a disturbance involving an individual armed with a machete.

No further information is available at this time. We will update this story as information becomes available

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