Civil suit to be filed against JSO after suspect shot, killed by officer

Heather Crawford anchors. 9/7/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Attorneys for the father of a man shot and killed by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office back in May while running from police say they are filing a civil lawsuit naming Sheriff Mike Williams and Officer Tyler Landreville as defendants.

The wrongful death suit will be announced at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Vernell Bing Jr., 22, was shot after leading officers on a police chase through several neighborhoods in north Jacksonville back on May 22. Bing was driving a red Chevy Camaro reportedly wanted by the Sheriff's Office in connection to an April shooting. 

Bing allegedly crashed the Camaro into an officer's car and then took off on foot. Landreville, a seven-year veteran of the force, fired at least five rounds at Bing, who was taken to a local hospital before later dying.

Witnesses at the scene reported that Bing was shot in the head while limping away, but authorities have not confirmed those reports.

A few days after the shooting, police announced they found a sawed-off shotgun with five live rounds in it about half a block away from where Bing was killed. It is unknown if that gun had anything to do with Bing's dead; the Sheriff's Office said it was found in a known high-crime area.

Several protests were sparked after Bing's death, and the Sheriff released a public statement clarifying facts for the public. Bing was reportedly driving a stolen Camaro related to an armed robbery from back on March 30, the Sheriff's statement says. It goes on to say Bing almost hit a child and a woman while running from police.

We reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for comment and the law enforcement agency says they do not comment on lawsuits or letters of intent.

Attorneys John F. Larkin, Ronald J. Kurpiers and Bryce V. Durham are representing Vernell Bing Sr. as the victim's father and representative of the estate of his son.

This is a developing story. Stay with First Coast News for updates.


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