JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two shots fired by a police officer early Wednesday morning missed an armed man and entered a Northwest Jacksonville home with four people inside, but no one was hurt, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
One resident of the home said her 17-year-old daughter, "is kind of traumatized right now."
Police responded to the 4100 block of Lorenzo Court once just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, then again a few minutes later after receiving two calls from a woman being harassed by an ex-boyfriend.
In between the two responses, the woman called her current boyfriend, 37-year-old Damian Treadway, to the home to look for her ex-boyfriend, police said.
Arriving officers approaching the house the second time on foot encountered Treadway in the yard holding a handgun (pictured below), JSO Assistant Chief Christopher Butler said. When the officers ordered him to drop to the ground and he did not comply, one of the officers, M.L. Hice, fired three shots. Treadway was not hit, but dropped to the ground to surrender and was taken into custody.
He never fired at the officers but turned toward them with a handgun, which made them feel threatened, Butler said.
"The two calls we received at our communications center were in reference to the same individual, but the individual who had the handgun was not the reason the police were actually called to the scene," Butler said.
Three adults and the 17-year-old girl were asleep inside when two of the officer's shots penetrated the girl's bedroom, but no one was hit.
"She's alive by the grace of God," she said. "I mean, right now she keeps hearing the ringing in her ears because she says she felt it come across her ear. Right now, she said she couldn't go to -- she went to (Raines High School) because she thought she could make it, but we had to go get her out."
The woman said despite the shooting, she's not angry at police.
"I'm grateful that my child is alive. I'm not angry," she said.
Treadway is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hice has been been with the Sheriff's Office for three years. This was his first shooting and he's been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in cases like this.
"We have a process in place to pretty much look at from an internal standpoint as far as policies and procedures to making sure they were complied with," Butler said at an afternoon news conference. "That might be something that will come out later because we don't have an opportunity to speak to the officer as far as what happened at this time."
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