Police: Man who stabbed officer shot twice in the shoulder, once in the head

Victim of stabbing that prompted police response expected to live

By Marques White - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An officer shot and killed a man who had just cut him with a knife at a home in a rural area of Northwest Jacksonville on Friday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

At a news conference Saturday morning, Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said three officers responded to a call about a stabbing on Doe Lane, north of Garden Street, about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Officers said an older man came to the door of the home and 29-year-old Brandon Peters jumped around him with a knife. Police say the man charged at Officer Steven Brown, leaving a deep stab wound in his arm. (See graphic photo of wound)

"The suspect was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the head," said Senterfitt.

Senterfitt said the officers had a plan as to who was going to provide lethal cover and non-lethal cover, and that Peters (pictured in family photo) was struck twice in the shoulder and once in the head. He died at the scene.

Brown, a 16-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, received medical treatment at the scene and was taken to a hospital by car. He was in stable condition.

Peters' first victim, 20-year-old Wayne Coyle, whose stabbing prompted the police response, had critical injuries, but is expected to survive, Senterfitt said. 

Police said Peters appeared to have several cut wounds, but since only one knife was found at scene, they may have been self-inflicted.

Senterfitt said the officers handled the situation correctly. All police-involved shootings are investigated by both the state attorney's office and a JSO internal use-of-force board.

"We had an officer with a taser and he used that. That was not effective. I don't believe the probes made contact like they were supposed to and it didn't work out. Quite honestly, if the officer with the taser would have used his pistol, I would be alright with that. This is somebody attacking somebody trying to kill them. We don't have to tase those people. This officer has the right to go home at the end of the night," said Senterfitt.

Senterfitt says that there was an altercation between Peters and Officer Brown. Brown fired his rifle once, then had a malfunction with it. He cleared that and fired a second time, according to investigators. He had another problem with it, so he grabbed his pistol and fired again to try to stop Peters, but Brown did suffer a stab wound.

Brown this is the second officer injured in the line of duty in two weeks and shots were fired at another officer in a third incident last month.

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