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Police Kill Armed Man After Standoff; Gunman Now Identified

Jacksonville police say one of their officers shot and killed an armed man on Gum Branch Road this morning.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson identified the dead man as Samuel Jarolim. He said the 30-year-old man lived at Azalea Gardens Apartments.

Police say a 911 call just after 8:00 a.m. reported an armed man at the apartment complex. When officers got there they found a man who was armed with several weapons.

Police say they ordered the man several times to drop the weapons, but they say he advanced toward them.

The department says a single shot from an officer killed the man. The officer has been placed on administrative duties until the department completes an internal investigation into the shooting.

It happened during morning rush hour on Gum Branch Road, which is a major five-lane road in the city.

Todd Devita, manager of the car wash, says he saw a man on the side of the road with a rifle pointed at police. He told WITN News that all of a sudden he heard one single shot.

"It's scary but I'm glad the cops were there. You don't see this in daily life, it's like a TV show, like cops or something", Devita told WITN.

Police have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting.

Hudson says the SBI investigation should be complete by next week. He will then review their findings to determine whether any charges should be brought against the officer.

Friday afternoon police and SBI agents were seen at an apartment at Azalea Gardens collecting evidence. It is believed that apartment belonged to Jarolim.


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