Officers Met With Gun Violence For 2nd Day
Suspect Opens Fire On Police
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second day in a row, the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the people of Jacksonville were shot at by a suspect.
The latest incident happened Thursday in Northwest Jacksonville near the intersection of West 24th and Myrtle streets, where officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call quickly found themselves in the line of fire.
Police said when they arrived, a man came running out of the house firing shots at the officers.
Investigators said the officers chased the gunman, but they said when he turned a corner the man turned the gun on himself.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the incident was the second time in as many days they were fired upon while trying to do their jobs.
On Wednesday, an attempted armed robbery in the parking lot of an Arlington apartment complex turned into a neighborhood shootout.
The women targeted by that gunman were with their children at time.
"It was horrible. He put the gun to my head, and I thought it was a joke. He's like, 'Give me your purse or I'm going to shot you,'" said one victim.
Two officers who were working on a case nearby saw the man with a gun and began to approach him. That's when police said the gunman opened fire on the officers.
That shooter was able to escape and remains at large a day later. It was not clear whether he was hurt in the exchange with police.
In the case on Wednesday and the one on Thursday, no officers or bystanders were shot.
Police said in Thursday's shooting, officers did not fire any shots. The incident remains under investigation.
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