Jacksonville, FL, police shot a man who they said charged at them wielding both a machete-style knife and a dagger-like knife while threatening to cut their heads off Saturday morning, reports the Florida Times-Union.
Cody Nathanael Marsh, 19, of Orange Park was swinging the knives wildly as he was shot in the head and arm about 3:30 a.m. when Officers James White and Johnathan Cochran opened fire almost simultaneously as he rushed toward White, said Chief Chris Butler of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Also armed with several other knives, Marsh was taken in critical condition to UF Health Jacksonville. Neither White nor Cochran was injured, Butler said.
“The suspect in this case, he had the opportunity to surrender, drop the knives. … At any point he could have stopped, surrendered and we would have been more than happy to get him the help that he wanted. However, he changed the outcome of the situation by deciding to charge the officer,” Butler said.
Butler said White fired three shots, while Cochran fired once. It was unknown which officer’s bullets struck Marsh. He said White is an eight-year Sheriff’s Office veteran who’s been involved in one prior shooting. Nobody was hit in that incident several years ago, Butler said.