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Teen who pulled gun in fight charged with murder, police say

14-year-old Jivonni Sturgis suspected of shooting 29-year-old man

Jivonni Duane Sturgis
Jivonni Duane Sturgis

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder in a Westside shooting back in July that left a man dead.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jivonni Duane Sturgis is charged with one count of murder.

Police were called to the scene off Ricker Road near the intersection of Melvin Road around 9 p.m. July 24.

According to a JSO spokesman, a fight had broken out and Sturgis pulled a gun and fired multiple shots. No one else fired weapons, the spokesman said.

First responders found a man in the road unresponsive. That man, later identified as a 29-year-old, died from his injuries the following day in a hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Note: This incident was initially described at the scene in July as an exchange of gunfire, but that was later corrected by authorities to indicate Sturgis was the only one who fired shots.


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