Man who ran off from mental health clinic shot by Ocala police, officials say

A man who ran from a mental health clinic is in critical condition after being shot by police in Ocala Sunday afternoon, authorities said. 

The Ocala Police Department said the incident began after they received a call for service around 12:21 p.m. about a 23-year-old man who ran off "acting erratic" as his family tried to admit him into The Vines Hospital.

An officer-involved shooting left a man in critical condition on Sunday afternoon in Ocala, according to police. (Credit: Ocala Police Department)

At around 12:38 p.m., officers found him near the 5500 block of SW 27th Avenue. When they made contact with him, police alleged he was "an immediate threat" and shot him, according to a news release.

Police later said the man was armed with pepper spray and a knife when officers made contact.

The man was hit by the gunfire and taken to a local hospital for treatment. No officers were injured.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Police said the man was in serious condition following surgery.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting with the investigation, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.