JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A shooting and a carjacking at a Southside hotel led to a police chase that ended in a crash Sunday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Officers responded just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday to a shooting at a hotel on Dix Ellis Trail, near the intersection of Baymeadows Road and Interstate 95. Police said a man shot a woman inside a hotel room and then carjacked another person at gunpoint.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, police spotted the vehicle about a mile away and got behind the vehicle. The man refused to stop when an officer activated his lights and sirens, and a brief pursuit occurred, police said.
Police said the chase ended when the suspect crashed into multiple vehicles at the exit ramp coming off southbound I-95 onto Philips Highway. He was then taken into custody. Police said a total of five vehicles, including the car that the suspect was driving, were involved in the crash, and two people in one of the vehicles involved were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the shooting victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital, and the carjacking victim was not injured.
Police said there is a domestic relationship between the shooting victim and the suspect, and the two were staying in the same hotel room. But police said there does not seem to be a relationship between the suspect and the carjacking victim besides from the fact they were staying in adjacent rooms.
The suspect is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, carjacking with a firearm and aggravated fleeing and eluding.
Police noted the firearm was recovered.
The Sheriff’s Office’s crime mapping tool shows that the Dix Ellis Trail has seen six violent crimes on the same stretch of road in just the last month
JSO officials haven’t released the suspects name and said they are still investigating this string of crimes.