Details Released About Man's Suicide At Hospital

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Associated Press News Release

Updated: January 13, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities have released more details about the actions of a Florida man who threatened patients and nurses with a gun before killing himself at a hospital.

Daytona Beach Police Department officers responded early in the morning of Jan. 5 to a report of shots being fired at a moving car. Shortly thereafter, police received a report of gunfire at nearby Halifax Health Medical Center.

The hospital's director of security retraced the gunman's steps for The Daytona Beach News-Journal (

Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff of Deltona shot a glass door entrance at the hospital's professional services building.

Authorities say Rodriguez-Jeff entered a total of four patient rooms but shot no one. Police say he shot himself in the head in a confrontation with a nurse.

Associated Press News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a 20-year-old man shot and killed himself inside a patient's room at a Florida hospital.

Daytona Beach Police Department officers responded to Halifax Hospital early Sunday after receiving a report of shots fired.

Investigators say Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff shot a glass door entrance and then confronted a nurse and patient inside a room on the hospital's second floor.

Police say the suspect asked them, "Do you want to die tonight?"

Rodriguez-Jeff left and went into a second room, confronting another nurse and patient. Shortly thereafter, police say he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

No patients were hurt. Two nurses suffered minor injuries.

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