JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 20-year-old man wanted in connection with a police-involved shooting Wednesday at Jacksonville International Airport was denied bond Saturday morning, after turning himself in to police Friday.
Rodney Addison is charged with 3 counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, auto theft, possession of cocaine, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, reckless driving, and driving while license suspended.
Addison is accused of ramming two police cars with his vehicle in the airport rental car parking garage. He was being sought at the time in connection with a car theft last week.
At a news conference Thursday, 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, right and 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.
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.
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.