Police: Officer shoots suspect at motel


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville police shot an armed man near a South Metro motel Monday evening.

Just before 6 p.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired at the Emerson Inn in the 3500 block of Philips Highway, and found two gunmen.

One of the gunmen got away. Police said the other man was waving a gun and refused orders to drop his weapon. 

"Officer Edwards saw the suspect holding the gun. The suspect was actually on the second floor balcony of the hotel. Officer Edwards gave repeated instructions for the suspect to drop the gun the suspect refused these repeated instructions," Hackney said.

Officer Matt Edwards then fired five shots at the man, hitting him in the arm and torso, according to Chief Tom Hackney of JSO.

"The suspect who was shot had been seen by some of the witnesses around here over the last few days but not sure if he was a resident of the hotel or just visiting," Hackney said.

The wounded gunman was taken to Shands Jacksonville with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.

Until the second gunman is found, there will be an increased police presence in the South Metro area.

Officer Edwards, a 16-year veteran of the force, is now on administrative leave, which is the standard procedure for police shootings.

Police said a fight led up to the shootings, but they do not know what the fight was about.