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Police: Armed man falls into ditch during foot chase with officer

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested 3 men during Gangs Unit investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Officers with the Gangs Investigation Unit of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were investigating a case Thursday afternoon, when they noticed a suspicious vehicle they attempted to pull over in Northwest Jacksonville.

The scene was at the Ducky’s car wash on Lem Turner Circle.

Brian Kee, the assistant chief of investigations with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said police attempted to stop the vehicle, when the driver struck a detective’s cruiser. Three men got out, and one of the men, who Kee said was armed, took off running.

The Sheriff’s Office said Officer L.K. Johnson commanded the man stop and that Johnson identified himself as an officer. As the man turned toward police with a gun in his hand, Kee said Johnson fired a shot and missed.

“Your best bet is to comply with the commands of the officer or face the consequences," said News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson.

Kee said the man ran about 50 feet before he fell into a ditch. He was apprehended, and a gun was located in the ditch.

The other two men, police said, were apprehended shortly after attempting to flee. A police report shows one man was found after he sat down on a set of stairs in front of an abandoned business. Another report shows the third man was located hiding in a nearby shed.

The three men were identified as Gary Davis, Traytavious Martin and Michael Pratt, all 18 years old. Kee said the vehicle they were in was reported stolen on Dec. 9.

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According to Kee, Thursday’s incident was Johnson’s third officer-involved shooting. He’s an 18 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

No one was injured, police said. The Sheriff’s Office said a loaded AK-47 was also found in the vehicle.

According to News4Jax records, Johnson was involved a shooting on Aug. 25, 2017. Daniel Blyler, 44, was shot and killed outside Vic’s Sandwich shop on Edgewood Avenue North.

Records show on July 5, 2008, Johnson and officer Jose Gonzalez shot Caleif Bush, 18, and Cariel Britt, 21, in the parking lot of the former Plush nightclub on University Boulevard. Investigators said the men were in a car that was speeding toward the officers.


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