JSO confirms men were killed by gunfire following pursuit that ended near zoo

Police report details pursuit that ended in shooting of JSO K-9 Huk, deaths of 2 men

News4JAX on Tuesday obtained the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s investigative report into a police pursuit that began in Northwest Jacksonville and ended near the Jacksonville Zoo, where a police K-9 was shot and wounded. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office confirmed two of three men in the car were killed when shots were fired from inside the car and police returned fire.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4JAX on Tuesday obtained the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s investigative report into a police pursuit that began in Northwest Jacksonville and ended near the Jacksonville Zoo, where a police K-9 was shot and wounded. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office confirmed two of three men in the car were killed when shots were fired from inside the car and police returned fire.

According to the report, officers responded to West 45th Street on a report of shots fired, spotting a maroon Dodge Charger, which had been reportedly involved. Investigators said prior to the traffic stop, De’Shaun Lockett, 28, got out and fired at police — and police returned fire. No one was hit, and a pursuit began.

Investigators said the Charger ended up on Zoo Parkway at Busch Drive, where it crashed into the woodline. As officers approached, JSO said, they again came under fire and returned fire.

The report noted the two men who died at the scene were identified as Lockett and Tyjarius Holton, 18. The report said a third person, Robert Motley, 32, was taken to a hospital for evaluation but was not injured. Police said when Lockett was found, his right hand remained on the pistol grip and trigger of a rifle-style firearm.

News4JAX on Tuesday obtained the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s investigative report into a police pursuit that began in Northwest Jacksonville and ended near the Jacksonville Zoo, where a police K-9 was shot and wounded. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office confirmed two of three men in the car were killed when shots were fired from inside the car and police returned fire.

JSO said it reviewed body-worn camera footage, which revealed shots appeared to have come from inside the car before the exchange of gunfire. The report said that while inside the Charger attempting to detain the occupants, K-9 Huk was struck by gunfire.

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After the shooting stopped, K-9 Huk was pulled from the car and life-saving measures were performed and he was transported to a veterinarian for treatment. Investigators previously reported he’d been shot three times.

Photo of K-9 Huk taken by First Coast Veterinary Specialists as he recovers after being shot three times. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

According to the report, detectives later interviewed Motley, who told police Lockett was driving the car and fired at police. The report noted Motley was arrested only on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and his lawyer said he surrendered without incident.

The Sheriff’s Office released photos of two firearms police recovered. The handgun, police said, was located on West 45th Street, and the other firearm was located inside the Charger.

Photos provided by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Records show Lockett served prison time from 2012-2013 after pleading guilty to drug and firearms charges. No charges came up during a record search for Holton.

Motley remains in jail on the drug charge and is being held on a $75,000 bond.


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