A man with a history of mental health issues who was harming himself with a knife was shot and killed after he allegedly charged at Orange County deputies who were responding to a residence for the 17th time.
The incident took place at 4717 Davisson Avenue in Orlando on Tuesday, February 6. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene at around 3 p.m. in regards to a man who was harming himself with a knife.
As soon as the deputies arrived at the front yard of the residence, the man in question allegedly exited the home and immediately charged at them with a large knife.
The deputies fired their weapons at the man and he fell to the ground. They subdued him and began rendering aid once he was down.
The man, who has since been identified as 43-year-old Decarlos Cornelius Long, was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The knife was found next to Long’s body at the scene. Body camera footage will be made available in the coming weeks, according to authorities.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina indicated that his office had responded to the home over a dozen times in the past year.
In an updated provided by OCSO on Wednesday afternoon, a call list shows at least 15 additional calls for service at the home dating back to February 15, 2023.
Among the “situations” described in the list were multiple threats, assaults, rescues, and verbal altercations.
The last call for service on Tuesday was listed as a “suicide attempt.”
During his press conference, Mina stated that Long had cut himself before his deputies arrived at the scene. He described Long as having a history of “mental health issues.”
Mina says he reviewed body camera footage showing Long run quickly from the home towards the deputies with a knife. The sheriff says his office is still investigating the circumstances that led to the incident.
“I watched the video. He was extremely agitated, running directly at our deputies holding a knife,” said Mina of Long. “Our deputies really had no choice in the matter, as the way I saw it.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently investigating the fatal shooting and will turn over its findings to the State Attorney’s Office once complete.
According to Mina, the two deputies involved in the incident are on temporary, paid administrative leave. Neither deputy was injured in the incident. One deputy has been with the department for 7 years and the other has been with the department for 16 years, according to the sheriff.