Man, 30, admits killing his boyfriend in Facebook Live tirade before setting fire to his apartment and shooting himself after six-hour confrontation with police
- Keith Jackson, 30, murdered ‘the love of his life’ sparking a tense hour-long standoff in a gated community near Tampa, Florida
- A SWAT team, crisis negotiators and firefighters were all deployed
- Jackson’s victim was a black man in his late twenties to early thirties
- The suspect used Facebook Live to admit the murder and ask the police to kill him
- Officers responded after a man called 911 and said his friend FaceTimed him and admitted to killing his partner
- Sheriff says his community is ‘on edge’ and has become ‘too violent’
A man killed his friend and broadcast his breakdown on Facebook Live before setting fire to his apartment and shooting himself as authorities and crisis negotiators surrounded the complex in a six-hour standoff.
Keith Jackson, 30, told a friend on FaceTime Monday morning that he had killed his partner.
Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were immediately dispatched to his gated community in the Riverview, Florida suburb of Tampa at 7:30 a.m.
Deputies, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators swarmed from the area outside the house, but Jackson refused to answer the phone or answer the door — instead streaming on Facebook Live.
Authorities watched on Facebook as Jackson held the gun to the camera and confessed to killing “the love of his life.”
He told viewers that he had attempted suicide three times since shooting his friend.
A SWAT team surrounds a building hours before Keith Jackson, 30, set fire to an apartment
Sheriff’s deputies responded after a man called 911 and told them his friend, later identified as Jackson, admitted to killing his partner on FaceTime
Firefighters rushed in to prevent the building from burning down after seeing smoke coming from the back
He said he wanted officers to come into the apartment to kill him, according to Sheriff Chad Chronister.
“During this length of time, our negotiators are talking to him and trying to de-escalate him in any way they can,” Chronister said after the incident.
“Frustrated with us that we won’t kill him, he tells our negotiators just before 1 pm this afternoon: ‘If you don’t do this, we’re back to square one. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands.'”
Officers then saw smoke rising behind the house. The fire brigade came to prevent the building from burning down.
Inside, they found two dead adult men.
The sheriff’s office described Jackson’s victim as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s.
They have since been given a search warrant to process the scene and look for clues as to the cause of the murder-suicide.
The incident involved a nearly six-hour standoff involving delegates, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators
The stalemate ended after firefighters broke into the apartment and found two men dead
The Florida homicide-suicide occurred in the gated Villages of Bloomingdale community near Tampa, Florida
“I’m tired of notifying individuals that their family member has passed away,” Sheriff Chronister said
“We are saddened by the suspect’s violence and loss of life,” Chronister said. “Our team has made every effort to have the suspect surrender peacefully.”
Monday’s incident happened a day after a 39-year-old man… arrested for shooting at cops while doing a wellness check on a minor in Tampa.
The sheriff says his community is “on edge” and has become “too violent.”
“I don’t know what it takes, who it takes to be killed before we can finally say enough is enough and that we as a society and community will not tolerate any additional violence,” he said. . “Since I’m telling you something, I’m tired of reporting individuals that their family member has passed away.”