Authorities release name of deputy’s attacker

Officials have identified Gordon Talmage Kimbrell Jr., 22, of the 9000 block of Quail Roost Drive, as the man who attacked Deputy Matt Ray with a Samurai sword Thursday night.

Kimbrell later died at Gulf Breeze Hospital after he was shot during the attack.

According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Kimbrell’s mother called 911 Thursday night to report that her son was acting violently after drinking a half-bottle of rum. Relatives said he threw knives at them.

When another person tried to calm Kimbrell, he went toward the person with knives, forcing that person to retreat into a bedroom, the report said. Kimbrell stabbed the door and then went outside with the sword.

When deputies arrived, they found Kimbrell in the street waving the sword. They told him to drop the sword several times, Deputy Richard Aloy said in a news release. Attempts to subdue him using a non-lethal bean bag gun were unsuccessful. Kimbrell attacked Ray with the sword multiple times. To protect Ray, Sgt. Brian Miller shot Kimbrell several times, resulting in his death, Aloy said.

Aloy said Ray and the suspect were transported to area hospitals by ambulance. “Deputy Ray underwent surgery yesterday evening and remains hospitalized. He is currently in good condition and is recovering from a serious injury to an extremity,” Aloy said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting as well as the use of force. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an administrative review of the incident. Miller, who is currently on administrative leave due to the ongoing investigation, was not injured during the incident.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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