JSO: Reckless driver, passengers outrun undercover detectives

2 narcotics officers shot at car in 3rd officer-involved shooting in a week

RIGHT NOW - Jacksonville Police are looking for the people involved in a chase, and a shooting involving two undercover detectives. This happened just before 10 last night , in the Panama Park area. Investigators say it began when the detectives spotted a car running stop signs and speeding. News4JAX reporter Ashley Harding first brought this story to you as breaking news at 5 this morning, she explains what happened.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In Jacksonville’s third officer-involved shooting in a week, a driver and passengers are on the run after a brief police chase, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

It started when three undercover narcotics officers were on duty in the area of 30th Street and Phoenix Avenue and saw a car run a stop sign while speeding, according to JSO.

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Police said when officers attempted to stop the driver, a chase began. It ended quickly, however, when the driver pulled into a dead-end at Claudia Spencer Street. That’s when the car made a U-turn to face the officers and was cornered, police said.

The driver pulled into a dead end at Claudia Spencer Street, but managed still to make a u-turn getaway (WJXT Channel 4 2020)

Officers said they got out of their patrol cars with their guns drawn and told the driver and passengers to surrender. The driver accelerated the vehicle, driving toward the officers, and two of the officers fired shots at the vehicle, according to JSO.

The car was later found abandoned and riddled with bullet holes on Ionia Street. Police said there’s no evidence showing definitively that anyone was hit. The people inside have not been found.

JSO said it was too dark during the incident for the detectives to provide a suspect description of the driver or an estimate of how many passengers were in the car.

The car involved in the incident was a black Chevrolet Malibu with a Maryland tag. Police hope that information will help identify who was in the vehicle during the chase.

The two officers who fired their weapons are on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard protocol.

Anyone with information about this incident can email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org or call 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.