Man Shot, Killed By Deputies In Century Has Been Indentified

November 29, 2007

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(Updated 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29)

Three Escambia County deputies shot and killed a Century man at his Campbell Road home after he threatened them with a weapon Wednesday night. He has been identified as 50 year old Michael Bodi McCormick by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Deputies had responded to a call about a man that was possibly suicidal at or near Odom’s Bar in Century before five. McCormick’s vehicle was spotted near Campbell Sand and Gravel in the area of Campbell Road and Fannie Road. A short vehicle chase followed reportedly, ending with deputies surrounding a house on Campbell Road. The sheriff’s department helicopter was called to the scene.

After deputies surrounded the scene, the McCormick pointed multiple weapons at them, authorities said, with the shooting taking place after five o’clock.

“He would not drop the weapons and attempted to aim at the officers,” Chief Deputy Larry Smith said at the scene. “The officers felt like their lives were in danger and unfortunately had to fire their weapons.”

Officials declined to say how many times he was shot.

Three deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting, which is standard procedure. They have have not been identified, and none of the three were injured.

The shooting is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is also standard procedure following a deputy-involved shooting.

More details will be posted as soon as they become available.

(Picture below: An investigative unit from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement enters the scene of a deputy involved fatal shooting Wednesday night on Campbell Road in Century, shortly after the medical examiner arrived on scene. Above: Michael Bodi McCormick)

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