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Officials: Man killed by Jacksonville police wanted to die

JACKSONVILLE – Officials say a man who was killed by Jacksonville police was likely trying to commit suicide by cop.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Detectives Adam Brown said Wednesday that 59-year-old Michael Jones Keys Sr. had called 911 Tuesday threatening to kill himself and others.

When officers responded to Keys’ home early Tuesday evening, authorities say he went back inside, grabbed an old revolver and went back outside. Despite commands to drop the weapon, authorities say Keys raised the gun at the closest officer. That’s when two officers with AR-15 rifles opened fire on Keys.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Keys was pronounced dead at the scene.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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