The Keys man shot by a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission police officer had threatened to light himself on fire with officers on board his houseboat before he was wounded, the Monroe sheriff said Wednesday.
Adam Bruce Bounds, 42, was shot by the officer on his houseboat in Cow Key Channel in Key West on Tuesday afternoon during a police welfare check.
Bounds’ family identified him to FLKeysNews.com. He was shot in the hip and arm, according to dispatch records.
Bounds had called the FWC in Tallahassee over having missed a court date for owning a derelict vessel, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said during an interview with U.S. 1 Radio.
Bounds threatened suicide while on the phone to Tallahassee and the local FWC was contacted. They went out with sheriff’s deputies to check on him.
“The subject had a gas can and a lighter, maybe had poured some gas on himself and made a comment he was going to torch himself,” Ramsay said.
Ramsay said the officers had to worry about their personal safety first and could have been caught up in an explosion if Bounds had gone through with his threats.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is in charge of the investigation. An FWC spokesman said they could not release any additional details on the shooting.
An FDLE spokesman said the agency will not comment or answer questions since the case is under investigation.
Bounds’ sister and mother were driving to Florida on Wednesday to see Bounds in the Miami-area trauma center he was airlifted to on Tuesday.
They learned that the man shot by FWC was Adam only by calling the hospital after it was reported online.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through this,” said his brother-in-law Jeremy Barlow, of Springfield Illinois, where Bounds is also from.
Barlow said Bounds had no guns. “I know for a fact Adam doesn’t have a gun,” he said. “Adam doesn’t like guns.”
The family said Bounds felt hounded by police. They had spoken with him recently and didn’t consider him to be suicidal.
“I don’t know what was going through his mind,” his sister Mindy Bounds. “I really don’t want to say my brother would do that to himself.”
She said her brother is unable to speak and has been intubated at the hospital.
This is a developing story.