A day after a veteran police officer shot and killed a 29-year-old man who stabbed him, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released a grisly photo of the officer’s wound and shared more detail about the incident.
Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said Saturday he had been told that another man, who was stabbed 10 to 11 times prior to police arriving at the scene, was “hopefully going to make it.” Police released documents identifying the man as Wayne Coyle, 20. His address was not released.
It was the stabbing of Coyle that prompted police to arrive at the 8800 block of Doe Lane early Friday afternoon.
Senterfitt said officer Steven Brown, another officer and a sergeant first devised a plan for how to make contact with Brandon Daniel Peters. That plan involved the officers being ready to use nonlethal or lethal force, depending on what transpired. “Which is what we teach them to do,” Senterfitt said.
When officers knocked, an elderly gentleman opened the door and told the officers he had not been involved in the stabbing incident but that Peters was inside.
Senterfitt said Peters immediately jumped off a couch and charged at Brown.
“I don’t want people to think that this was somebody with a knife and this was a standoff, where we’re telling him to drop the knife,” Senterfitt said. “This individual immediately charged at officer Brown and attacked him.”
Senterfitt said Brown tried to kick Peters away, then he tried to strike Peters with his rifle.
“Each time he did this, this man kept coming back,” he said.
The undersheriff said Brown isn’t sure when he was cut, but Senterfitt said, “It probably happened right from the get-go.”
Brown fired once at Peters, striking him in the shoulder, but Peters continued to charge, Senterfitt said. Brown’s rifle then jammed. He was able to clear the jam and fire a second time, Senterfitt said.
Peters went to the ground after the second rifle shot and then attempted to get back up with the knife.
Because of the rifle’s jamming, Brown switched to his pistol and shot Peters a third time, Senterfitt said.
Peters died at the scene. Peters also had what appeared to be several self-inflicted knife wounds to his chest, neck and left wrist, Senterfitt said.
The officers were lucky, Senterfitt said. It could have been worse. Then Senterfitt revealed a photo of Brown’s injury.
Sometimes when police say one of their officers has been cut, Senterfitt said, people may think of it as a “paper cut.”
“That’s a pretty nasty wound to the left forearm of that officer,” he said, looking at the photo. “Thankfully in this case, the officer prevailed and was not hurt any worse.”
Police also released photos of the knife used to attack Brown. The photos show a knife having about a 4-inch blade with blood on it.
Senterfitt said another officer on the scene attempted to shoot Peters with his stun gun, but was unsuccessful.
“But you know what, quite honestly, if the officer with the Taser would have dropped that and pulled his pistol, too, I’d have been all right with that,” Senterfitt said. “This is somebody that’s attacking somebody trying to kill him. We don’t have to try to tase those people. This officer has a right to go home again at night.”
The undersheriff lauded his officers’ planning and reaction to the incident.
“They handled this like they should have,” he said.
The number of shootings in Duval County in the past month more than doubled from the previous year — from 12 in 2013 to 28 in April, according to Times-Union records.
Those 28 shootings left 35 people wounded and seven dead, according to Times-Union records. The number of violent deaths in the city so far this year is 43.
Three hours after Friday’s shooting, two Sheriff’s Office directors held a previously planned news conference at police headquarters in Jacksonville urging the community to work closely with police in light of the rash of shootings.
Friday’s police-involved shooting was the third in Jacksonville in 10 days.
Senterfitt said Saturday in all three incidents the officers provided “very legitimate” responses to the resistance they were experiencing.
When asked if he had any response to Peters’ family members who said officers could have done more to prevent killing Peters, Senterfitt pointed to the photo of Brown’s knife wound.
“Right there,” he said. “I don’t think I need to say any more than that.”
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