JSO identifies man shot, killed by police at Argyle Forest hotel

Sheriff’s Office addresses 32-year-old being handcuffed after shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the man shot and killed by police Tuesday at an Argyle Forest hotel as 32-year-old Michael Leon Hughes.

The Sheriff’s Office also addressed concerns about the shooting in a news conference Wednesday.

“There’s some narratives out there in regards to our officers shooting handcuffed individuals and such. That didn’t happen,” said JSO Director Mike Bruno.

The Sheriff’s Office said Hughes was shot by Officer J.H. Wing, handcuffed and then given CPR -- not the other way around.

According to JSO Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters, there was an ongoing domestic disturbance at the Quality Inn on Youngerman Circle, starting around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Waters said a woman called officers there several more times, the last time shortly after 12:30 p.m.

Waters said Hughes had forced his way back into the room after he had left earlier, and when two officers arrived, Hughes refused to leave. Waters said the officers tried to take Hughes into custody and there was a more than 60-second fight with one of the officers, during which time the man yelled he was going to kill him.

According to Waters, Hughes got control of Wing’s Taser and stunned him once and then the officer fired several shots. Hughes lunged at the officer again, and the officer fired several more shots, Waters said.

When Hughes collapsed, Waters said, the officer handcuffed him and performed CPR until rescue personnel arrived and determined that he was dead.


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