Police: Man with a gun rushes FBI building on Southside

by: Amanda Warford Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police say an armed security guard stopped a man with a gun from entering the FBI headquarters in Jacksonville.

The Paragon Security guard told police he saw a man drive up to the front gate in a yellow van Thursday night.

The guard told police the man got out, pulled out a gun, jumped the 15-foot steel gate and approached the security office while yelling someone was trying to kill him.


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The man said he came to the FBI "for help," according to the police report.

The security guard drew his gun and ordered the man to drop his weapon.

The man did not.  The guard told police he holstered his gun, drew a can of pepper spray and advised the suspect he would spray him if he didn't drop the gun.

The man eventually dropped the gun.  The security guard put him in handcuffs until police arrived.

Police found a substance in the van that tested positive for crack cocaine.

The handgun came back stolen from Clay County.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Avery McKnight, is a convicted felon.  


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Action News has learned McKnight's criminal history dates back to 1998 when he convicted of trespassing. He spent 21 months behind bars for aggravated assault on a firefighter in 2002, and another two years for possession of cocaine and a firearm as a felon in 2004. On July 9 of this year, McKnight was found with a firearm again and was awaiting his next court date when he showed up the FBI Office Thursday. 

McKnight now faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, trespassing on property while armed, theft of a firearm and resisting officer without violence.

His family says McKnight expressed concern earlier this month that someone was following him, and that his life was in danger. McKnight is the owner of First Impressions, a mobile detailing service that operates out of a yellow van.