Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Standoff Ends with Gunman Shot Dead by Sheriff's Office; by Dan Scanlan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Standoff Ends with Gunman Shot Dead by Sheriff's Office; by Dan Scanlan

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Byline: dscanlan@jacksonville.com

A 911 caller who claimed gunmen were inside his oceanfront condominium ended when he confronted deputies with his own weapon and was shot dead at the Amelia Island Surf and Racquet Club at 4800 Amelia Island Parkway, according to the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-five-year-old Jason M. Raffaeli had a prior run-in with Nassau County deputies and was arrested on drug and weapons charges in separate incidents in Stamford, Conn., after he was shot multiple times in an ambush there in 2016, the Sheriff's Office said.

Raffaeli, who lived in the condominium six miles south of Fernandina Beach, resisted attempts by Special Response Team members to drop his .45-caliber handgun and give up before firing at the deputies, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"Tell my daddy I love him and make sure you shoot me in the head," Raffaeli said to deputies before firing, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The standoff started just before midnight Tuesday when the Sheriff's Office's 911 Communications Center received a call from a man reporting there were three gunmen in his condominium. Four deputies and a sergeant were dispatched to the gated condominium and called the man on his cellphone, asking him to come out, the Sheriff's Office said. The man, now identified as Raffaeli, said he had a .45-caliber handgun with several rounds of ammunition and barricaded himself in the bathroom.

The sergeant and deputies tried to get Raffaeli to come out for about an hour, then called in the response team to negotiate. But before they arrived, several gunshots were heard coming from inside the sixth-floor condominium, then deputies could not get in touch with Raffaeli again. The response team tried to get in contact with him as well but were not successful, and the decision was made to break in the door and use tear gas to force him out, the Sheriff's Office said. …

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