February 26, 2021 22:00

Daytona Beach police shoot man as he charges officer with ‘sharp object’

Frank Fernandez

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

A man who ran at police while holding a “sharp object” and refused to stop was shot overnight by Daytona Beach Police officers outside the Icon One Apartments at One Daytona, according to police and body camera video.

The 25-year-old man, Andrew A. Mansilla, was in critical condition at Halifax Health Medical Center, according to the release.

Officers responded to the Icon One Apartments inside One Daytona after a call at 9:51 p.m. about a domestic disturbance.

As officers responded, one of the people who called 9-1-1 said two men were arguing in a parking lot off Legends Lane and one man had indicated he would “stab someone” if he saw police arrive, the release said.

Soon after police arrived, one of the officers spotted “a sharp object” inside the hand of Mansilla, who was one of the men involved in the argument, the release said.

Body camera video showed an officer driving into the parking lot and seeing Mansilla.

“Give me another unit over here, real aggressive and he looks like his got a knife in his hands. I’m backing away,” the officer states on the video.

Body camera video showed the officer backing the police cruiser. Then the officer stops the car, steps outside and yells at Mansilla to “Get on the ground!”

But Mansilla ran toward the officer who continues to order him to get on the ground.

The officer yelled, “Don’t make me shoot you” as Mansilla got closer.

A shot was fired and Mansilla fell to the ground, the video shows.

But Mansilla then got up and started walking toward the officer again, the video shows.

Three more shots were heard and Mansilla fell again, the video shows.

The video shows another officer nearby who appeared to be holding a Taser.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young described the body camera video in a video of a press conference held early Friday morning at the Police Department.

Young said two officers fired their guns and a third officer attempted to use the Taser.

“It shows the subject charging at the officer with a sharp object in his hands,” Young said. “One of the officers on scene had a Taser. He deployed the Taser. The Taser was ineffective. It was not enough to stop the threat. The subject continued to advance towards officers where thee more shots were fired. Once the jubject was down. once hte threat was eliminated the officers immediately transitioned and they moved in to render life-saving techniques.”

Young said the officers quickly rendered aid to the wounded Mansilla.

Paramedics transported Mansilla to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was in critical condition. No other injuries were reported, the release said.

Mansilla was arrested on Nov. 8 when he broke into the Rolex Tower at Daytona International Speedway and when he was confronted by Speedway security he armed himself with two knives and cut one of the security officers as they tried to subdue him, Young said.

Young said the shooting was the second time on Thursday that officers had responded to an incident involving Mansilla.

And he said Mansilla had a history of mental health issues.

The release said the identity of the officers involved in the shooting would not be released at this time while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting.

The officers will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard in officer involved shootings.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Daytona Beach Police shoot man holding ‘sharp object’ who ran at police at One Daytona


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