Man tried to shoot people in home but weapon malfunctioned, suspect dead

Shelby Danielsen and Jason Rantala report. 10/20/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a white male believed to be in his late 20's to early 30's is dead after police say he threatened to kill several people.

Police say the drunken man, who has yet to be identified, showed up to a home in the Oceanway neighborhood and discharged his weapon inside the home. Police say the man then entered the home and threatened to shoot the two people inside. 

Witnesses told police the man made an attempt to shoot the people in the home but his weapon malfunctioned. 

According to Friday's follow-up press conference said the man, Jacob DePetris, tried to kill the woman in the home twice, but both times his gun malfunctioned. According to police, DePetris put the shotgun to the woman's head and pulled the trigger. 

Police say DePetris went to the home to confront his ex-girlfriend but couldn't find her. 

Following that incident, police say the drunken man left the home and that's when a 27-year-veteran of JSO approached the man and told him to drop his weapon. 

Police say the man did not drop the weapon and eventually pointed the gun at the officer. That's when the officer fired two shots. The man was pronounced dead on the scene, police report. 

According to the press conference, this was the first officer- involved shooting for the veteran and he was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.  

Police believe the man shot dead had an extensive criminal history, which extends to Duval, Nassau, Georgia and Colorado. 

 


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