Flagler Sheriff's Office: Man attacking deputy killed

Palm Coast man's family was concerned about his psychological state


PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County sheriff's deputies are investigating a scene in Palm Coast where a deputy shot a 32-year-old man armed with a machete and carrying a Bible who had become violent towards his family earlier in the day, according to authorities.

The Deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave per agency policy and have been identified as Deputy Joseph Dailey and Brandon Fiveash.

The Sheriff's Office said a deputy used a Taser gun on Troy Gordon when he approached them and refused to drop the machete.   When that failed to stop Gordon's advance, a second deputy fired his service weapon.  Gordon died at the scene.

The incident started around 4:25 p.m. Saturday when deputies said responded to a possible Baker Act incident at a home on Brownstone Lane where the suspect's psychological state was of concern.

According to deputies, Gordon's grandmother said the he told family earlier in the day this was the end for him. Deputies were told the man had become paranoid recently and may have been using synthetic marijuana.

One deputy was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler after suffering minor injuries during the incident, authorities said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was assisting the Sheriff's Office with the investigation.