May off to bloody start after 33 April shootings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A male suspect died Friday in an officer-involved shooting on the Northwest side of Jacksonville.

Police involved shooting incidents have become a common trend in the River City in the past few weeks. In addition, JSO announced that 33 shooting incidents were reported in April alone.

The latest incident began Friday when officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were called to a stabbing in the 8800 block of Doe Lane around 12:45 p.m., according to Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim, who was stabbed ten or eleven times and was being treated by rescue. He is in life-threatening condition, Senterfitt said.

The victim identified the man who stabbed him, telling police he was just a few houses down.

Officer Steven Brown, his backup and a sergeant went to the other home and knocked on the door. A man answered the door and told police he was not involved in the incident, walked away from the home and left the front door open, Senterfitt said.

Police then saw the man who turned out to be the suspect, identified by Senterfitt as 29-year-old Brandon Peters, sitting inside the home on the couch. Very quickly, Senterfitt said, Peters came at Brown and stabbed him, leaving the him with a bad cut on his left arm.

The sergeant had his Taser and tried to use it, but Brown had already been stabbed. The other officer said they were in tight quarters in the home and if he used his weapon, it would have endangered the other officers, Senterfitt said.

Officer Brown fired two shots with his rifle and one shot with his pistol. Senterfitt said he is looking into why the officer switched weapons.

The suspect was shot and died at the scene. Brown is a 16-year veteran with JSO and had not previous shootings on his record.

Peters' stepfather Glen Moore said he wishes officers would have responded differently.

"I cannot understand why not tase him," Moore said. "Why had to shoot him? ... I know safety first but what about his safety? Seems like they could have done something different."


The number of shootings continues to rise in the River City.

The Jacskonville Sheriff's Office announced 33 people were shot in the month of April and May is now also off to a bloody start. But we're not just seeing gun fire in the streets among the "bad guys", officers are also involved. In just the last two weeks there have been three officer involved shootings.

"This is a very dangerous job," Senterfitt said. "This is what these men and women do. They come here every day and do this. This is the third one. This officer was stabbed, one officer was shot in the arm and one officer was shot at. Unfortunately, that's part of what they do."

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On April 23 during a traffic stop on Edison Avenue, police say Donald Goins shot Officer Andrew Benson in the arm. Three days later officer Clifford Sames shot Devon Spencer on the city's Northside while investigating a hit and run. Police say Spencer first shot at Sames. The suspect's father believes he did not fire a weapon.


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