JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Sheriff's officer was involved in a Saturday morning shootout on the Northside that began with a hit-and-run crash investigation.
According to JSO, officer Clifford Sames found a vehicle on Frazier Street believed to be involved in a hit-and-run accident that happened around 6 a.m. at the intersection of Moncrief and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Sames got out of his cruiser in the 1000 block of Frazier St. and approached three men standing in the front yard near the car.
According to JSO, a fourth man, Devon Rashad Spencer, 23, was sitting in a red S.U.V. nearby, pulled out a gun and fired at Sames.
Sames returned five shots and hit the suspect multiple times, according to JSO.
The Spencer fled on foot and was found a short time later inside a shed at a nearby house. He was taken to UF Heath with non-life threatening injuries. Sames was not injured, according to JSO.
Spencer was treated, released and transferred to jail.
An AK-47 was recovered at the home where the incident took place, according to JSO. Spencer was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. More charges are expected.
The three other men present at the scene were questioned by JSO. One of the men was arrested for an outstanding warrant, JSO said.
Sames is a 12-year veteran of the force and has one prior shooting incident on his record. According to the Florida Times-Union, Sames was shot in the neck by a suspect in 2008. During the incident Sames returned fire and killed the suspect.
According to the Florida Times Union, Sames was shot in the neck and had to spend four hours in the hospital following the September shooting and returned to the streets 31 days later. He was awarded a purple heart for the incident.
This YouTube post from JSO shows Sames engaged in a push-up contest with a young Jacksonville man last year:
Info associated with YouTube post: On July 2, 2013 Officer Clifford Sames with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was talking to a young man in the Jacksonville community. The young man told the officer he wanted to join the U.S. Navy. The officer got into a push up challenge with the young man, much to the delight of his family watching and recording the video. The officer told him to make it fair he would wear his 20 pound body armor and police gear.
In 2008, Officer Clifford Sames was shot in the neck by a suspect. He is now fully recovered and we are so proud of the positive work you are doing with your mentoring and interactions with the Jacksonville community. Great job, Officer Sames!
The latest officer involved shooting comes just days after JSO officer Andrew Benson was shot in the shoulder during a routine traffic stop.