Utica man shot & killed by police after robbing Jacksonville bank


JACKSONVILLE, FL (WKTV/WTLV) - A man who was shot and killed after robbing a bank in Jacksonville, Florida was originally from Utica.

According to NBC affiliate WTLV, the suspect was identified as Jeremiah Mathis, 31, of Utica.

Florida Police say Mathis had prior arrests for criminal possession of a controlled substance and robbery and that those arrests took place in New York State.

State Corrections records show that Mathis had served time in the Onondaga Correctional Facility as early as December 1995 for the possession charges and October 1999 for the robbery charge.

The bank robbery in Florida happened last Friday. Authorities say after the robbery, Mathis carjacked a vehicle with a mother and her 2 year-old child still in it.

Five police officers fired a total of 42 rounds, killing Mathis, and hitting both the mother and her child.

The boy was taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. His mother is recovering from a bullet wound to her leg.

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