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The man shot in this incident has been identified as 52-year old Kenneth Morrow of Bunnell, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff's spokesperson Brandon Haught also says the deputies involved in the incident have been with the Sheriff's Office since May 2002 and February 2003.
A man texting suicidal messages was fatally shot by Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday after he approached them while armed with a gun and ignored warnings from the officers to stop. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesperson Brandon Haught says the man’s name is being withheld until relatives are notified. The Sheriff’s Office says it was alerted by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, who said the man had been sending texts to his girlfriend about killing himself, and they had tracked his cell phone to Highbridge Road, west of the Halifax River near Ormond Beach. Volusia County deputies found the man and his motorcycle near the bridge Wednesday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office reports he had a gun in his hand, warned deputies to keep away from him, continued sending suicidal texts and pointed his gun at himself at times.
Haught says deputies tried to talk with the man, calling his phone and sending text messages to him. Those contact attempts were ignored at first, and then the man made additional threats of suicide. Deputies say he also fired his gun at one point at an unknown target. Haught says at around 6:15 Wednesday evening, the man “…advanced on deputies in an aggressive manner while brandishing his weapon and refusing to heed their warnings to stop.” The deputies, “…protected themselves by firing at him.” After the man fell to the ground and the scene was secured, paramedics were brought in and pronounced the man dead at 6:25 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office says the two deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which are standard procedures followed in officer-involved shootings.
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