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Arson suspect shoots officer with airsoft pistol before being shot

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Source: Police Activity

On July 8th, Jacksonville Sherrif’s deputies responded to Timothy James O’Donohue’s report of a residential burglary in progress.

He told the operator that people were digging under his home to gain entry.

When officers arrived at the residence in the 14,000 block of Boney Road, they spoke with both O’Donohue and a homeowner, according to Police Activity.

The homeowner told the responding officers that O’Donohue had not been taking his psychotropic medication and was having a psychotic episode.

The homeowner explained that O’Donohue had hallucinated both the human trafficking and burglary events. Because O’Donohue did not present evidence indicating he was a serious threat to his own safety or to the safety of others, the responding officers could not seek his involuntary examination under the provisions of the Baker Act.

In the early hours of the following morning, one of the homeowners called 911 to report that O’Donohue had set fire to part of the house. According to the homeowner, those living in the home were awakened just before 4:30 a.m. by a fire alarm sounding.

The homeowners discovered O’Donohue in the living room, smoking a marijuana cigarette, and holding an airsoft pistol behind his back.

Using a home fire extinguisher, the male homeowner put out a fire spreading across the living room curtains and immediately called 911 to report the details of the arson.

In his 911 call, the homeowner told the emergency communications officer that O’Donohue was armed with a knife and an airsoft pistol. At 4:43 a.m., the responding officer arrived on the scene and parked his marked patrol vehicle near a tree on the driveway.

When the officer parked and exited his car, O’Donohue was standing in front of the home. The officer called out to O’Donohue but he did not verbally respond.

After pacing in front of the house, O’Donohue began walking towards the officer while armed with a knife.

Standing by his patrol vehicle, the officer repeatedly called to O’Donohue to put down his knife. As O’Donohue walked further down the driveway, the officer could see that O’Donohue was armed with a knife in one hand and what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol in the other.

The officer drew his service weapon and made repeated, loud verbal commands to O’Donohue to drop his gun. O’Donohue then began advancing towards the officer, still armed with a knife and the apparent pistol. While O’Donohue charged the officer, the female homeowner screamed that O’Donohue was wielding an airsoft pistol.

Then O’Donohue shot the airsoft pistol at the officer, hitting him. The officer returned fire, striking O’Donohue in his lower extremities. O’Donohue fell to the ground.

While the officer attempted to put handcuffs on him, O’Donohue was extremely combative. Instead of complying with the officer’s commands to stop moving, O’Donohue continued to fight back, yell obscenities at the officer, and demand the officer shoot him.

Other officers eventually arrived on the scene and helped the shooting officer safely put handcuffs on O’Donohue.

Fire and rescue had been staged at the scene. As such, paramedics were able to immediately render aid to O’Donohue once he was safely detained.

Then they transported him to an area hospital. O’Donohue was absentee booked on charges of Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Arson

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