JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One man is dead and another is in critical condition after an attempted traffic stop leads to a crash and an officer-involved shooting Sunday night in Northwest Jacksonville. No officers were injured.
Investigators said an officer spotted a car with two men inside going south in the northbound lanes of Moncrief Road around 9:20 p.m. The officer turned his cruiser around and attempted to stop the car, but Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters said the driver refused to stop.
The car the men were in crashed into another car at the intersection of Moncrief Road and 45th Street West. Two people in the other car suffered minor injuries and the car the officer was following crashed into a pedestrian bridge at the intersection.
Investigators said as Officer N.E. Lawson approached the suspects’ car, there was “an exchange” and the officer fired his weapon several times. The men, both in their early 20s, were taken to the hospital where one died and the other was being treated for critical injuries.
After the crash, investigators said, they found a firearm in the back seat of the vehicle. On Tuesday, JSO released a photo of the firearm allegedly found in the possession of the suspects.
Police have not released the names of the men shot.
Waters said Lawson has been with the Sheriff’s Office for one year and seven months and this was his first officer-involved shooting. Waters said Lawson was wearing a body camera. He will be on leave during the investigation.