JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A stolen car investigation led to a single shot being fired by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer at an armed suspect near downtown Monday evening.
According to JSO Assistant Chief Chris Butler, an anonymous caller reported suspicious activity in the 1100 block of East 11th Street just after 5:30 p.m. The caller witnessed two men walking away from a blue car after it was parked in a yard. When JSO officers T.G. Tabet and J.W. Ervin arrived to investigate, they found the car had wires hanging around the ignition and believed the car might have been stolen, according to JSO.
The officers left the area and waited for the suspects to return. The suspects did eventually return and one of the suspects ran when he saw the officers. Officer Ervin pursued.
When Ervin caught up with the suspect, the man was standing behind a barrel pointing a silver handgun in the officer's direction, Butler said. Ervin fired one shot in the suspect's direction, but the shot missed, Butler said. After the shot was fired, the suspect immediately surrendered. He was taken into custody.
The second suspect did not flee, and was also taken into custody.
The investigation revealed that the car was not stolen and the owner of the vehicle was located.
Butler said Ervin is a six-year veteran of the force and Monday's shooting was his first. Ervin was not placed on administrative leave because the suspect was not struck with the shot.
No official charges have been filed on the suspects as of this post.
No injuries were reported.