A 65-year-old man brandishing a rifle was shot and killed by an officer in Altamonte Springs after he allegedly refused to put the gun down.
According to a statement issued by the Altamonte Springs Police Department, officers were called about a man walking around his house with a rifle in the River Run neighborhood on Tuesday, February 6, at around 5:34 p.m.
As ASPD officers approached the area, they made contact with Eric Seckington, who was allegedly brandishing the weapon in question.
According to ASPD, Seckington concealed himself behind a fence with the rifle and refused to surrender the weapon, despite multiple verbal commands from officers.
Seckington eventually emerged over the fence and began to level the rifle. As a result, an officer fired at Seckington, causing him to fall backward and drop the weapon.
Officers immediately began rendering life-saving measures to Seckington. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to ASPD, Seckington suffered from mental health issues, had a history of violence, and had engaged in multiple conflicts with his neighbors. Over the past year, approximately 40 calls for service have been made about Seckington.
Those calls included multiple attempts to connect him with mental health resources or to peaceably resolve conflicts he was having with others.
In the past few weeks, ASPD Community Engagement Officers had multiple interactions with Seckington. The officers, who are specially trained and equipped with resources to assist individuals who may be in crisis, engaged with Seckington and were able to get him to a treatment facility.
After he was released by staff, he returned to his residence. On Tuesday, a judge in Seminole county approved a restraining order against Seckington that was filed by one of his neighbors.
Within minutes of the injunction being recorded, law enforcement authorities received calls from neighbors who reported that Seckington was walking to homes in the neighborhood while carrying a rifle.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting and the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Seckington’s death came just a couple hours after a similar incident at a home in Orlando that claimed the life of 43-year-old Decarlos Cornelius Long.
Long, who had a history of mental health issues, allegedly charged at Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies with a knife before he was shot and killed.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 800-423-8477.