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Florida officer shot in face by burglary suspect; multiple officers returned fire, killing the gunman – Law Officer

by John Hensley


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office suffered a gunshot wound to the face in Northwest Jacksonville Friday evening during an encounter with a residential burglary suspect, who was subsequently killed in an exchange of gunfire, according to law enforcement authorities.

JSO officers responded to a report of a residential burglary about 5:30 p.m. While conducting follow-up investigation, they located a possible suspect a short distance away about 6:30 p.m. The suspect was non-compliant and fired at the officers. Each officer at the scene returned fire and the suspect died, according to Sheriff T.K. Waters.

The wounded officer was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries that are non-life-threatening, the sheriff said, according to Fox News Digital.

“I am fortunate that we didn’t lose an officer tonight,” Sheriff Waters said at a press conference Friday evening. “People think it’s a cliché that officers just want to go home safely every night but there’s no further testament like what happened tonight.”

The sheriff said the shooting took place about two blocks from the location of the residential burglary.

“The officers were following up on that burglary, and at about 6:30 p.m., they located a suspect and a suspect’s vehicle at the 1800 block of Hardee St.,” he said, noting the suspect was asleep in the back seat of the automobile.

“They approached the vehicle, spoke to a resident of the house at that location, and found out who was inside the vehicle,” Waters added.

The sheriff said officers were also able to track some of the stolen items — bicycle and electronic equipment — that were taken from the residential burglary.

There were five JSO officers at the scene and they noticed a firearm was resting on top of the suspect vehicle. The weapon was removed and officers formulated a plan to confront the suspect, Fox reported.

“They made a plan to open the door, not go inside, and have a conversation with him [the male suspect],” Waters explained.

“They asked him to show them his hands on several occasions, like seven or eight times, from different officers,” he continued. “They asked him also to get out of the car.”

The suspect remained non-compliant and refused officers commands. He told police not to point the flashlight in his face, and “for an unknown reason” opened fire on the officers, Waters said.

The sheriff said the round fired by the suspect grazed the left side of the unnamed officer’s face.

“Officers returned fire, all five of them, striking him several times [and] killing him at the scene,” the sheriff confirmed.

Law enforcement authorities did not know why the firearm was placed on top of the vehicle. Naturally, follow-up investigation will be conducted to determine who owned the weapon and/or where it originated in addition to the one used by the gunman.

Per department policy, all five officers were placed on administrative leave, the sheriff explained, while also saying he was “grateful” they are alive and safe.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by JSO and the State Attorney’s Office.

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