Jacksonville, FL (November 17, 2018) – Based on a report from the Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop conducted on Friday, November 16, 2018, in the Paxon area resulted in a police pursuit and subsequent shooting of the armed suspect.
On this day, a field training officer and his recruit were conducting regular activities at approximately 4:00 PM in the vicinity of St. Clair and Detroit Streets. At some point, the officers spotted a vehicle running a stop sign and activated their lights as the pursuit began. After attempting to stop the vehicle, the officer and recruit revealed someone kept opening and closing the passenger door.
Before leaving the scene, the driver let out a passenger, who was carrying a pistol, in the 1400 block of Melson Avenue. After a pursuit, the two officers chased the suspect into a yard, when the field training officer fired several rounds. Law enforcement officials did not specify how many times the culprit was shot, but authorities did recover a handgun at the scene of the incident.
Meanwhile, police have not yet located the driver and the second passenger.
Investigators plan to inspect footage on the officers’ body cams as part of the case.
Weapons Crime in Jacksonville
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