JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who resisted after a traffic stop Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville’s Tallyrand area was shot and killed, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Two officers were hospitalized with minor injuries after the incident turned violent.
According to police, Officers Graham and J. Garriga learned the driver they pulled over at 5:11 p.m. on East 21st Street at Buckman Street had a gun and asked him to get out of the vehicle. But when Garriga tried to arrest the suspect, a struggle ensued and the man pushed the officer, jumped back into the car and hit the gas. Garriga reached in trying to get control of the vehicle and was left partially hanging out of the moving vehicle.
Police said when the suspect stopped the car again and reached for his handgun, Garriga fired four shots at him. Graham did not fire his weapon.
The responding officers tried to perform CPR on the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
When officers searched the car they found he handgun with an extended magazine.
Police said both officers were injured by the moving vehicle. They were treated and released at a hospital.
Police identified the suspect as 22-year-old Jamee Christopher Deonte’ Johnson. They said he does not have a criminal history.
Both Garriga and Officer Graham were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. This was Garriga’s first officer-involved shooting after a year and a half with JSO. Graham has been with JSO for nearly four years.
The State Attorney’s Office and the JSO will conduct separate investigations of the police-involved shooting.