Alachau Co. deputy treated, released after shooting

Suspect shot, killed at S.W. Gainesville apartment complex

By Chris Parenteau - Reporter
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Alachua County photo of Recardio Shormon Clark

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting Saturday night in which a suspect was killed after he shot a deputy in the chest.

Deputies responded about 11 p.m. to a complaint about an assault and battery at the Tower Oaks Glenn apartments on S.W. 21st Lane. Deputies said they made contact with the suspect Recardio Shormon Clark at the apartment.

According to the Sheriff's Office, while the deputies were talking with Recardio Clark, he fired at Deputy Frank Williams with a handgun, striking him in the upper torso.  Williams returned fire, striking Clark multiple times.

Clark was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Williams was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was treated and released.  The Sheriff's Office said Williams was wearing a ballistic vest which stopped the round.

Williams and Deputy Jake Skelly have been employed by the Sheriff's Office since 2010. They were placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard policy after a shooting.

Alachua County authorities say Clark was a convicted felon with a history of battery on law enforcement.  He was most recently released from prison last July.

The investigation is still active and ongoing.

If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to call 352-955-1818, or Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP.

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