5 officers engaged suspect accused of pointing air rifle at police, JSO says

JSO said a driver told them he pointed the weapon at her car, shot her window

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Murray Hill investigating a shooting (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

MURRAY HILL, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night identified a man who was shot by police and arrested after investigators said he was accused of pointing an air rifle in the Murray Hill neighborhood.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the investigation on College Place revealed that five officers engaged the 47-year-old with their firearms.

News4JAX is not identifying the man because he has a history of mental health issues.

A JSO spokesperson said the man was arrested on charges of attempted murder and shooting/throwing a deadly missile into a vehicle. JSO said he additionally faces four counts of assault for pointing what was believed to be a rifle at officers.

Police on Tuesday said a woman driving her car reported seeing a man walking with a rifle down the street, pointing it toward her, opening fire and damaging her window. Other witnesses reported seeing the same man with the rifle.

When police arrived on the scene, JSO said the man jumped a privacy fence and pointed the rifle toward officers. Officers fired, striking the man who was able to make his way into a home.

JSO’s SWAT team arrived, used tear gas in the home and were eventually able to get the man out of the house, put him into an ambulance and take him to the hospital.

No one else was injured. The man was said to be in serious, but stable condition at the time he was taken into custody.