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Fla. cop shoots, kills machete-wielding man

A confrontation ended when an officer shot and killed a man who charged at police with a machete

By PoliceOne Staff

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A confrontation ended when an officer shot and killed a man who charged at police  with a machete.

Panama City police officers were called to a residential block Sunday to respond to a report that Clifton Delaine McKinney, 40, had armed himself and was standing in the street, screaming, The News Herald reported

Chief John Van Etten said two officers initially arrived on the scene and confronted McKinney, asking him to put down the weapon.

Witnesses say McKinney refused police orders to surrender and was swinging the weapon wildly. He charged at police, who used TASERs to a limited effect, Van Etten said. Then, one officer fired.

An ambulance took McKinney to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

“Officers, when confronted with deadly force, respond with deadly force,” Van Etten said. “There are a lot of split-second decisions being made on the scene, and I think our officers did a pretty good job of making some life-saving decisions for themselves.”

PCPD officials said it is unclear how many times police fired at McKinney, who had run-ins with officers in the past. According to police records, officers had special instructions for dealing with him.

“He will fight through the Taser,” an officer wrote after a previous incident. “Send a minimum of three officers when dealing with him. Extremely physical.”

The officers involved have not been identified, but have been placed on leave while the incident is investigated. 

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