A 17-year-old has been arrested in the armed carjacking of an elderly woman Friday night in which an off-duty officer fired several shots at the fleeing suspect, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Tivauris Weathington is charged with armed robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.
According to the police report, three men approached the 77-year-old woman who had just parked her car in her driveway on Mayflower Street about 9:30 p.m. and was walking to her porch. Police said two of the three pointed guns at her, one demanding her keys, which she handed over.
An officer working off-duty at a car dealership on Cassat Avenue heard about the carjacking on his radio, police said. When Officer B.A. Hudson saw the car matching the description of the stolen vehicle drive by, police said he followed the car and tried to pull it over but the suspect would not comply.
When the driver finally stopped on Lake Shore Boulevard, he refused to surrender, according to police.
"The suspect actually got out of the car and, remember, this is a carjacked vehicle where you have two suspects that were armed during the carjacking," said JSO Assistant Chief Chris Butler. "At this time there was only one individual in the car. When he stepped out of the car, the officer was commanding him to surrender but he did not."
Police said Hudson fired his weapon "several times" but did not strike the suspect, who fled into the woods. The Sheriff's Office K9 unit was called in and the suspect was found and arrested, police said.
Police said they're still trying to locate the other two involved in the carjacking.
If you have any information on this incident, call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.