A Florida man was fatally shot by police after he allegedly stabbed a man on the University of Florida campus Monday morning.
Michael Cravey, a 28-year-old Gainesville man, was allegedly wielding a hatchet when officers found and opened fire on him, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Early Monday morning, a university staff member was with his wife near Leigh Hall on campus when Cravey approached the two and stabbed the man, police said. The wife, who was not injured, called 9-1-1 as Cravey allegedly made his escape in a black jeep.
The University of Florida issued an alert at 7 a.m. to students warning them of the attack.
UF Alert Stabbing occurred at Leight hall on UF campus. white male fled the area in a black jeep any info call 352-392-1111
— Univ of Florida (@UFlorida) March 3, 2014
Officers pursued the vehicle but were unsuccessful in catching him, according to HNGN. Cravey was allegedly running red lights and driving the wrong way on roads, and eventually crashed his car near a Best Buy parking lot.
A Gainesville Police Department officer saw the suspect, identified himself, and ordered Cravey to drop the hatchet in his hand, according to WCJB.
GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said Cravey charged the officer with the hatchet raised above his head, leaving the officer no choice but to fire multiple rounds into the suspect, killing him.
Tobias said the stabbing incident appeared to be random, and the suspect and victim did not know each other.