JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The father of a family allegedly responsible for a string of burglaries was taken into custody after a struggle that resulted in one officer suffering a gunshot wound on Wednesday.
The 'family of suspects' has been on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Burglary Task Force's radar after members pawned multiple items this month - over 60 according to JSO.
An employee of Big Cash pawn shop notified police that a man driving a vehicle matching the description of the family's being sought for the burglaries entered his store at 10369 Beach Blvd around 2:30.
According to JSO, five officers responded to the store.
When officers entered the store they identified themselves and informed the suspect he was under arrest, according to JSO Chief Annie Smith.
"When they attempted to take him into custody they saw that he had a gun in his waistband, which he reached for," Smith said.
A struggle between the officers and the suspect ensued, sending those involved to the ground.
When officers were attempting to wrestle the gun away, the suspect's gun went off, striking officer J.C. Prentice in his forearm, according to Smith.
Prentice was not seriously injured and was not taken to a hospital.
Officers were able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody.
The wife and the daughter of the man were also on scene and placed under arrest.
Customers were present in the store during the incident, but no one were hurt.
According to JSO, the suspect had an active warrant out for his arrest.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, according to Smith.
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