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The man who attempted to kill a car-load of police officers was known to have anti-government views: Doesn't that make him a terrorist? — Guess he wasn't an Arab or a Muslim—Ronald David Jackson

Florida Deputies Kill 'Sovereign Citizen' After Ambush in Florida

By Phil Helsel
Sheriff's deputies in Florida shot and killed a man described as having anti-government views Sunday, after the suspect allegedly opened fire on a sport utility vehicle full of law-enforcement officers, the sheriff's office said.

'Sovereign Citizen' Joseph Paffen.
'Sovereign Citizen' Joseph Paffen.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified the gunman as Joseph Paffen, 46.

Paffen allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with four deputies inside as they responded to a call for a domestic incident involving Paffen at a Publix grocery store in Orlando at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, and the officers returned fire, killing him, the sheriff's office said.




One deputy was shot in the leg and another was hurt by flying glass as bullets crashed into the SUV. Deputies told NBC station WESH that Paffen identified as a "sovereign citizen." "It means that in many regards, they do not recognize the existing government," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told the station.

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