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VIDEO: Florida Man Charges Deputy With Two Knives, Gets Shot

New Smyrna Beach, FL – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) released bodycam video of the shooting of a Florida man who charged at a deputy with two knives on Sunday (video below).

The sheriff’s department received a 911 call from a residence in the 3900-block of Lakeshore Drive on Feb. 5 reporting that the resident’s son – 43-year-old Michael Collmar – had two knives in his hands and was behaving erratically, WPEC reported.

It wasn’t the first time VCSO deputies have responded to that address for the same sort of situation, according to authorities.

Deputies responded to the same residence on Jan. 17 after Collmar’s mother called and said her son, who had recently been released from prison, claimed to be armed and was having a mental health crisis, WPEC reported.

The report from that incident said Collmar was screaming, paranoid, and possibly hallucinating when deputies tried to talk with him.

Investigators said he was in the same state of mind when deputies arrived at the residence on Feb. 5, WPEC reported.

Bodycam video from the scene showed Collmar blocking his elderly father inside the home while he held two knives up at deputies in the doorway.

Deputies tried to de-escalate the situation and negotiate with the suspect but were ultimately not successful, WPEC reported.

The law enforcement officers ultimately ended up entering the residence through a back door to try and subdue Collmar.

Deputies deployed Tasers multiple times and fired four less-lethal shotgun rounds at the suspect to try and take him into custody, but all of their efforts failed, WPEC reported.

Bodycam video showed that after deputies entered through the rear of the home, they were able to evacuate Collmar’s father to safety.

But then the video showed Collmar reappeared in the front door of the home and charged out onto the porch at a deputy with two knives in his hands.

The deputy opened fire and shot the armed suspect, bodycam video showed.

Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said deputies handcuffed the suspect and then immediately began providing life-saving First Aid, WPEC reported.

He was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery for his gunshot wound.

Collmar was expected to recover, WPEC reported.

Neither of Collmar’s parents, nor any of the sheriff’s deputies, were injured during the incident.

Court records showed that Collmar was released from prison in October of 2022 after serving four years for convictions on charges that included aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, WPEC reported.

In that case, Collmar was convicted of stabbing a man from Port Orange multiple times.

His criminal history in Florida included 31 felony charges with 17 convictions, and 33 misdemeanor charges with 19 convictions, according to WPEC.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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