Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Shot after Firing at Sheriff's Deputies; Green Cove Springs A Mother Had Called Police, Scared Her Son Would Shoot Someone, or Maybe Himself

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Shot after Firing at Sheriff's Deputies; Green Cove Springs A Mother Had Called Police, Scared Her Son Would Shoot Someone, or Maybe Himself

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Byline: DANA TREEN and JIM SCHOETTLER

Timothy Daniel McAnnally of Green Cove Springs was in his bedroom with a gun in his mouth, his mother told a dispatcher in an anguished call to the Clay County Sheriff's Office before a deputy shot him late Sunday.

"He's got rifles, he's got shotguns," she said in the 11:15 p.m. call. "I don't know what to do."

She said deputies needed to hurry before her 20-year-old son shot someone.

"He needs help. Oh my God, he needs help. ..." she said at one point. "He's been like this for three days. I can't take it no more."

McAnnally, who was in critical condition Monday, had been out of jail less than a week when Deputy Eric Twisdale and a Green Cove Springs police officer arrived at the mobile home on Owens Road Sunday.

On Sunday, Twisdale and Officer Chris Kennison went to the mobile home at 3979 Owens Road just outside the city limits following the 911 call.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said McAnnally's mother met the officers at the end of the driveway and said her son was at the mobile home. As Twisdale approached, McAnnally appeared in the yard, raised the rifle and shot once. Twisdale returned fire, shooting three to five rounds, Beseler said.

At least one round fired by Twisdale hit McAnnally in the upper body, the sheriff said. McAnnally was taken to Shands Jacksonville.

McAnnally had been told multiple times to drop the weapon, Beseler said, but fired the round at the officers before lowering the rifle barrel and advancing.

Neither of the officers was hit. Beseler said the police acted appropriately.

"Sometimes suspects put our deputies in a position where they have no alternative but to protect themselves. This was one of those situations," Beseler said.

When asked if McAnnally's mental state was considered following the 911 call, Beseler said Twisdale was an experienced hostage negotiator faced with a dangerous situation in which an armed man was making threats. …

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