Gainesville police officer shoots man wielding hedge trimmers

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An officer with the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) shot a man who was wielding hedge trimmers as a weapon Saturday evening.

According to a GPD press release, officers were dispatched to the area of 3400 NW 21st Place around 6 p.m. after a report of an armed disturbance.

“Officers were informed that the 911 caller had stated they had been threatened by a subject with a chainsaw,” the press release said. “Upon arrival, Officers encountered a male subject who was armed with a hedge trimmer.”

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According to GPD, the man refused to comply with verbal commands from the officers, who made several unsuccessful attempts to de-escalate the situation.

“The subject lunged toward the Officers, forcing them to retreat,” the release said. “One Officer fired their service weapon, striking the subject multiple times.”

The man was transported to a local hospital, where he is receiving treatment and reportedly in stable condition as of Monday morning.

No officers were injured in the incident, but the release said GPD plans to charge the man with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

WUFT reported that the man is a 22-year-old, Kyle Kinsman, whose mother said he was having a mental health crisis.

GPD spokesperson Brandon Hatzel declined to comment on the report, citing the ongoing FDLE investigation.

“We look forward to releasing more information as the investigation is completed,” Hatzel said in a phone interview.

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Jan sugalski

I never heard of hedge trimmers being called chain saws. In fact chain saws do not make good hedge trimmers??