Loved ones gather to remember man fatally shot by officer

Vernell Bing Jr., 22, shot, killed by JSO officer after police chase


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Loved ones gathered on Jacksonville’s Northside Friday night to remember a man fatally shot by a Jacksonville police officer last month.

The viewing for Vernell Bing Jr. was held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Funerals by TS Warden on Main Street.

Bing was shot once in the side of the head after leading officers on 3.7-mile high-speed chase that ended when it appeared he intentionally struck the officer's cruiser on a Springfield street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

JSO Chief Chris Butler said no gun was found on Bing or in his car, a fact that has both the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference calling for answers.

Butler said Bing was in a red Chevrolet Camaro that was wanted in connection with an April shootout. He was spotted Sunday afternoon in Northwest Jacksonville. After the collision, the Camaro's metrics showed it was going 53 mph and not braking when it struck Officer Tyler Landreville's oncoming cruiser on 9th Street.

Landreville's cruiser was disabled, and Bing's car left the road and struck a building. Butler said Landreville got out of his car and walked toward the Camaro without pulling his weapon and ordering the man, who was out of his car, to surrender. Butler said something caused Landreville to pull his gun and fire five times, one bullet striking Bing.

Bing’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at First New Zion Baptist Church at 4835 Soutel Drive.