Man with samurai sword shot, killed

Police: Shooter acted in self-defense


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man wielding a samurai sword was shot and killed early Saturday by an armed neighbor when he approached their door, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police responded to the Solano Grove condominium complex at 9252 San Jose Blvd shortly after midnight.

Sgt. Lonnie Mills with JSO homicide said Leonard Williams was acting erratically, walking through the complex and waving the sword at residents. Mills said when he approached the front door of one of the condos in an apparent attempt to get inside, the homeowner shot and killed the Williams.

"He broke the window with a sword and was trying to break in to the gentleman's house and the gentleman shot him," said a neighbor.

Jan Williams, the victim's husband, said Leonard was bipolar and schizophrenic. She said over the past 6 months, his condition worsened.

"Real paranoid and disillusion and I've been trying to get him help," said Williams.

She said her husband hadn't been taking his medication.

"He was imagining things and he thought our neighbors were bad people. I never thought he would do anything like this," she added.

Williams said she had gone to a concert Friday night, and when she returned, Leonard wanted to go for a walk, but she didn't want to join him.

"The next thing I know, there was a whole bunch of cop cars here and I knew it had to do something with him. I didn't think he would anything that crazy because he's never broken into anything and he wasn't a violent person," said Williams.

"She was worried about her husband. She asked if I had seen her husband. I said no, my mom said no, we haven't seen your husband," said a neighbor. "She said, 'Well, he's missing. He was walking around with a black bag and he has a sword.' I'm thinking, 'Oh, that's great.'"

Williams and her husband had been together for 25 years.

She said her family is coming to town to stay with her for a few days.

Mills said that as of early Saturday, the homeowner who shot the man may not be charged, because they acted in self-defense, but that decision would be up to the state attorney's office.