Conspiracy Theorist Dead In Florida
(Monivette Cordeiro) Police investigating the stabbing of a man on the University of Florida campus Monday morning shot and killed the suspect after they say he charged at an officer with a hatchet.
Michael Cravey, 28, of Gainesville, died at UF Health Shands Hospital shortly after being shot multiple times by a Gainesville Police Department officer in the parking lot near the Best Buy store in Butler Plaza on Archer Road, GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said.Cravey, who had no previous record of arrests in Gainesville, used aliases online to espouse conspiracy theories involving Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect James Holmes.
Law enforcement personnel from GPD, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol and University of Florida Police Department were involved in the search for Cravey after the campus stabbing at around 7 a.m.
In that incident, Cravey approached a couple in the parking lot behind Leigh Hall, and after a brief discussion, stabbed the man, said University of Florida Police Department spokesman Maj. Brad Barber.
Officials described the stabbing as a random event and said Cravey and the victim, who is a UF staff member, did not know each other.
Police immediately began chasing Cravey, who fled west in a black Jeep on Newberry Road, Barber said. As officers pursued him, Cravey started running red lights and driving the wrong way on Newberry Road, so police discontinued the pursuit.
The staff member was taken to Shands where he is being treated for his non-life threatening injuries, Barber said. The stabbing victim’s wife was not injured.
Officials have not released the victims’ names or current conditions.
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