04/16/2007

Fla. officer shoots man dead in skirmish

By Paola Iuspa-Abbott
Sun-Sentinel

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — A West Palm Beach police officer fatally shot a 23-year-old Royal Palm Beach man Saturday night after he attacked the officer with a garden ornament, police said.

The unidentified officer rushed to Briar Bay, a gated community east of Jog Road and north of Okeechobee Boulevard, about 10:30 p.m. in response to neighbors' complaints that Vernon Jones was trying to open windows and doors to enter homes, West Palm Beach Lt. Charles Reed said.

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