Deputies identify man shot and killed in SWAT raid on Orange Park home

Steven Dial reports. 2/2/2017

Deputies have identified the man shot and killed by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office SWAT team in Orange Park on Thursday evening.

While deputies executed a search warrant at a Bay Hill Boulevard home, Michael Sword, 57, who had a warrant out for his arrest, pulled a gun and was shot to death by members of the SWAT team, Sheriff Darryl Daniels confirmed.

The home SWAT raided had five people inside. Four of the five were taken from the home without incident, Daniels said.

SWAT was working to get their negotiators to the scene at the home after Sword wouldn't leave - and that's when he pulled out a firearm, the sheriff said.

Sword had a "lengthy criminal history," the sheriff said in a statement.

Two deputies fired their guns and killed him. Both deputies have been placed on administrative leave.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is leading the investigation into the shooting, which is standard practice in the state when police shoot someone.

Deputies also served a narcotics warrant at a home next door while the SWAT situation was going on, the sheriff says.

No deputies were injured.

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