New York Man Dies in Arlington Shootout; Police Say the Wanted Man Opened Fire When a Task Force Went for Him

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

A New York man wanted in an attempted murder case died Friday afternoon in a shoot-out in Jacksonville with police officers and federal marshals in the Colonnade at Regency apartment complex on Monument Road.

Authorities said Barion A. Blake leaped from a second-story balcony with a gun in his hand as members of the U.S. Marshals Office Fugitives Task Force got to his apartment's front door.

Blake was suspected of attacking a Manhattan man in January, then stuffing him in the trunk of his car and stealing it. He was tracked to the complex at 989 Monument Road, where the chase ended around 12:30 p.m.

"The suspect fired on the officers, and officers returned fire," said Chief John Hartley, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's chief of detectives. "The suspect was shot and killed, multiple gunshots fired, and it appears to be multiple gunshots by the suspect."

Hartley said the task force got information that Blake was staying at the gated complex just north of the Regency Square mall and responded with a mixture of officers from various agencies. According to the New York Post, Blake was wanted for attacking and mutilating Akeem Ajimotokan, who was found unconscious, bound and bleeding from a nearly severed ear in the trunk of his luxury car. The 33-year-old Nigerian immigrant from West New York, N.J., had been held there overnight, according to police.

New York officials said Blake met Ajimotokan after the latter advertised his BMW on a website. Pretending to be a potential buyer, Blake attacked him, stole the car, then crashed into a taxi in New York City and fled. …