A Florida man wielding a machete was fatally shot by police after he allegedly broke into a home, crawled into bed with the landlord and injured an officer Thursday morning, officials said.
The homeowner was sleeping in an apartment attached to his home in Fruitville when he suddenly awoke around 9:30 a.m. to find a stranger inside sharpening a machete on a baseball bat, the city’s sheriff’s office said. Sarasota County.
“I have an intruder who broke into my house. He’s got a fuckin’ machete and he’s kinda beaten up,” the owner said in a 911 call, ABC13 reported.
While the owner was on the phone with dispatchers, he fled outside. Police arrived minutes later and found the disturbed suspect still inside with the machete, according to the sheriff’s office.
“I woke up on a mattress and there’s a guy lying next to me saying, ‘I love you,'” he continued. “I’m weird. He has my machete in his hand. Boy, thank goodness they got here quickly.
When four deputies arrived, the suspect approached them with the machete and sliced a depute in the hand causing “serious injuries”, police said.
At that point, two deputies opened fire and killed the suspect.
The injured officer was taken to a local hospital where he will undergo surgery, officials said.
“I pray to God that he doesn’t lose his fingers or his hand. I can tell you it’s not life threatening, but it’s serious injury,” Kaitlyn Perez of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office told ABC13.
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