Suspect's family disputes facts of shootout involving officer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of the man accused of firing shots at a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer on Saturday morning is disputing the police version of what happened.

Devon Rashad Spencer, 23, is in custody, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Investigators say Spencer opened fire on Officer Clifford Sames who was following up on a hit-and-run crash investigation.

The incident happened shortly before dawn at the intersection of Moncrief Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Sames, according to investigators, approached three men in a front yard when Spencer pulled out a gun and opened fire at the officer.

Same fired several times, but was not hit. Spencer was hit and was found in a shed nearby with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers on the scene recovered an AK-47 from a house which they say was used in the shooting.

"My son did not fire weapon, period," said Kevin Spencer, Devon's father. The dad declined to offer more details, promising to give his son's account of what happened when he had a lawyer at his side.

Saturday's shooting involving a local officer was one of two last week when officers fired their weapons. Officer Andrew Benson sustained a gunshot wound to the arm during a traffic stop on Wednesday night.

Officer Sames is on administrative leave following the weekend shooting, which is procedure in cases like this.


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