JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Neither of two men apprehended in Wednesday's police-involved shooting at Jacksonville International Airport were arrested, and police are still looking for the suspect they said rammed two police cruisers in a parking garage.
Rodney Addison (pictured, below), 20, is said to be armed and dangerous. He has a fairly lengthy arrest history.
At a news conference Thursday morning, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney said detectives were following Addison from 6500 Norwood Avenue without lights or sirens on, waiting to see what he was going to do. When he led them to the airport and got out in the rental car parking garage, they decided to apprehend him, Hackney said.
That's when Addison tried to ram two of their cars, Hackney said. He said one officer, Detective Edward Rogers, opened fire with his AR-15, firing three times. All three shots struck the suspect's car (pictured, below).
Hackney said the officer fired because he felt he had a clear shot and the suspect in the vehicle was trying to run officers over with his car. Hackney said the suspect vehicle fled, and a be-on-the-lookout was sent out. He said patrol officers caught the car at Monaco Arms Apartments a few miles away.
Hackney said police found a man there who owns the car involved, which was stolen last week, but he said that man -- Greg Black -- was not involved in this incident. He is cooperating and is not being charged, Hackney said.
Black said his white Crown Victoria was stolen as he was sleeping last week. It turned up Wednesday at the center of a police shooting at the airport.
"I didn't know what was going on. All I knew was I seen my car and I called and reported it," he said. "The police came up, 'Get down, get down!' and pulled a gun on me. I'm trying to tell them I was on the phone with a police officer and they didn't want to hear it."
Black said he found his stolen car on the way to work, so he called police. They got there and took him into custody. Black later found out officers thought he was involved in the shooting at the airport.
Black said he understands police were very tense about what happened at the airport, but he believes they mistreated him. He points out that he was on the phone with an officer when he was handcuffed at gunpoint and filed a police report with them last week. And he said it was two to three hours before detectives were able to check out his story and determined he was not involved.
"They treated me like a common criminal and I'm the victim," Black said. "I didn't get an apology or anything. I'm in cuffs, my wrists still banged up, my shoulder from hitting the ground."
JSO said it had no comment on the matter.
During the incident, Hackney said police got a 911 call from Highlands Elementary School nearby reporting a man had been shot. That man was the 17-year-old who was in the car at the airport that police shot at. Hackney said he initially lied to officers and said he was shot by a civilian. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with a leg wound and should recover.
Hackney said detectives caught up with the men in the car and got the real story and found out that he was the person that they had shot. Hackney said the men are cooperating with police and are not facing any charges.
Hackney said police have surveillance video from inside the parking garage that they are looking at.
People who lived at the apartment complex were shocked by what happened.
"I was going to the mailbox when I turned around and looked and I saw him draw his gun, and I said, 'Holy crap!'" said Mary Jane Seidel, who witnessed the men being taken into custody.
Rogers, a nine-year veteran of the JSO, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure after a police-involved shooting.
Addison, the man behind the wheel and suspect in the original auto theft for which police were following him, is still on the loose. He was described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighting 130 pounds.
Anyone with information on Addison's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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