Ex-Con Wanted For Slicing Man's Ear Shot In Florida

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An ex-convict wanted in New York for tying up a Nigerian immigrant, slicing off his ear and stuffing him into the trunk of his own BMW, was shot and killed by Florida marshals Friday, police said.

Barion Blake, 30, was tracked to a Jacksonville motel where a fugitive task force attempted to apprehend him Friday afternoon. Around 2:30 p.m. Blake emerged from the room onto a balcony and began firing wildly at the approaching U.S. Marshals. Officers returned fire, hitting Blake multiple times. Blake died at the scene; no members of the task force were injured.

The man Blake was accused of mutilating is 33-year-old Akeem Ajimotokan, a Columbia University employee with an MBA who is described as a family man.

Ajimotokan and Blake met after the ex-convict responded to Ajimotokan's online listing to sell his BMW M3.

Blake apparently planned to rip off Ajimotokan, and reports say he went to West New York with a license plate from a Toyota Camry in Queens. According to reports, the license plate of the luxury car did not match any criminal database records leading police to believe that it was stolen.

Ajimotokan let Blake into his New Jersey home to finalize the car deal when Blake slammed a knife into his head, nearly severing his ear, and stuffed him into the BMW's trunk.

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