Man admits on Facebook Live to killing his partner and committing suicide
RIVERVIEW, Florida – A man who announced on social media that he had killed his boyfriend and called on MPs to shoot him too ultimately set his apartment on fire and turned a gun on himself, a sheriff said from Florida.
Firefighters covered by a SWAT team then rushed to extinguish the flames and remove the bodies of the two dead men.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said a man called 911 shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday to report that his friend called him via FaceTime to tell him he killed his boyfriend during the ‘a fight.
Keith Jackson, 30, then engaged MPs in a nearly seven-hour standoff.
The SWAT team, crisis negotiators and MPs converged on the building in the Villages of Bloomingdale, a gated community off Interstate 75 in the Tampa suburb of Riverview.
At the time, Chronister said, Jackson was confessing in a live video broadcast to Facebook that he killed “the love of his life.”
The sheriff said Jackson did not answer phone calls or open the door when deputies knocked. Crisis negotiators took to Facebook as Jackson held the gun to the camera and confessed to killing her boyfriend. He also told viewers that he has attempted suicide three times since he shot his boyfriend, but has failed so far.
He said he wanted sheriff’s deputies to enter the apartment and kill him, Chronister said.
“During this long time, our negotiators are talking to him and trying to defuse him in any way they can,” Chronister said. “He’s frustrated with us that we weren’t going to kill him and, just before 1:00 pm this afternoon, said to our negotiators, ‘If you’re not going to do this, we’re back to square one. I’ll have to take matters into my own hands. “
Minutes later, MPs surrounding the building saw smoke rising from Jackson’s apartment. They called the Hillsborough County Fire Department and the SWAT team had them covered as they rushed in, acting quickly enough to save surrounding condos from damage, Chronister said.
The sheriff’s office said Jackson’s victim was in his 20s or early 30s, but they have not publicly identified him or disclosed any details of his death.
“I think our community is on edge and this community has become too violent,” Chronister said. “I don’t know what it will take, who it will take to be killed before we can finally say enough is enough and as a society and community we are not going to tolerate any further violence. Because I’ll tell you what, I’m sick of telling people that their family member has passed away.
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