Ocala officers kill man after confrontation at hotel

Keven Ernest Tree ID'd as man shot by police

OCALA, Fla. – Officers responding to a reported suicide threat by a guest at a central Florida hotel fatally shot the 54-year-old white man, police said 

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The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Keven Ernest Tree was killed on Thursday at a Holiday Inn Express in Ocala.

Witnesses at the hotel said Tree had been threatening to kill himself with a gun before police shot him.

Tree's friend Laura Ferrier told the newspaper that he had health issues, and was living at the hotel because of a recent eviction.

Deputy Police Chief Rodney Smith says several officers were involved. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

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