Clearwater Police say Mark Bill was 'heavily armed' when he was shot by officers

1:51 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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Clearwater, Florida -- The man who was shot after he answered the door to police armed with an assault rifle was also armed with other weapons and had other guns inside his home, according to police.

In addition to the AR-15 assault rifle 56-year-old Mark Bill used to allegedly shoot at police, a Mossberg 500 with pistol grip shotgun, Colt 45 pistol and three knives were also found on him at the time. Police also found additional guns and ammunition inside his home, along with an inert grenade.

Officers say Bill pointed the assault rifle at them multiple times in a threatening manner and did not obey commands to drop the weapon before he was shot. It was originally reported he fired a shot at the officers. Investigators are conducting forsenic testing on his weapon to confirm that indeed happened.

The two officers who fired at Bill reported they were in fear for their safety and the safety of other officers. They are currently on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.

Clearwater Police says Bill had been living at the home on Glenmoor Road North for a year and a half. Before the shootout Sunday night, the only incident at his home was when he reported a bicycle stolen from his garage this past February.

In 1983, Bill, an Army vet, was charged with misdemeanor voluntary manslaughter.

He is currently listed in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center.

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