Suspect in custody following police standoff

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic dispute on the Westside Wednesday evening.

Cody R. Fortney, 22, allegedly spent the day drinking in his grandmother's trailer in the 7600 block of Old Plank Road and began arguing with her, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief Chris Butler. Fortney recently moved to Jacksonville and wanted friends from his previous area of residence to also come live at his grandmother's trailer.

Officers Jim Ottinger and Tim Haire arrived on scene at 5:22 p.m., Fortney allegedly yelled 'I have a gun' three times and his grandmother ran screaming from the trailer. Fortney refused to exit the trailer. Ottinger, a nineteen year veteran JSO officer, said Fortney emerged with a 'dark object' and Ottinger fired one shot, Butler said. Ottinger struck the trailer about eight to ten feet off the ground, close to where Fortney was standing.

A perimeter was established and nearby residents were evacuated. Police were eventually able to get Fortney to climb out of a window and surrender, according to Butler. Fortney was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Police are currently searching the trailer for a gun or the 'dark object' that Fortney may have been holding. Thus far in the investigation, a gun has not been found.

Police are also investigating whether or not Fortney has a criminal history in other jurisdictions.


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