Police searching for suspects that drove SUV toward an officer

Steven Dial reports. 9/2/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Police are searching for a couple on the Westside of Jacksonville Thursday night after an incident at a business on Cassat Avenue.

An unknown man and woman fled from police in a red Jeep Cherokee after an officer shot at them in an AutoZone parking lot around 8:15 p.m., says Chief Chris Butler with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The man and woman entered the AutoZone around 6 p.m. and reportedly bought something before returning to their vehicle and sitting in the parking lot for the next two hours, Butler says.

Employees grew suspicious, fearing they may be the victims of a robbery, and called police. In the next minute, an officer arrived and walked up to the passenger window. As soon as the officer started speaking to the woman, witnesses told police she reportedly started flailing her arms and making a scene.

Then the man placed the car in drive and started the Cherokee toward the business, coming into contact with some two to three-foot pilings. 

Butler says the officer shot his taser at the man, but it didn't do anything. Then, the SUV reportedly came toward the officer, so he shot his gun twice at the Cherokee, police say.

Officer B.K. Alwin, an 8-year veteran, avoided the car and it drove off onto a side street.

Ten minutes later, police received a call about a red Cherokee at 1188 S. Edgewood Avenue nearby. 

Inside the Cherokee, authorities found a small amount of blood but not the man nor the woman. Police say they do not know where the blood came from or if anyone was struck by the bullets.

The man is reportedly in his late 30s, early 40s, 5-foot-8 and 160 lbs. He wore blue jean shorts, a white t-shirt with a scruffy beard. The woman is reportedly in her early 30s, wearing black leggings with open sores on her face.

If you've seen either the man or the woman, please call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous and receive a possible cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. 


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