ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A car chase following an attempted robbery ended Monday morning when police shot a robbery suspect four times on a busy Orange Park highway.
The shooting and a car crash occurred around 10 a.m. Monday morning in the 600 block of Park Avenue.
It started when Jarvis Tyrone Lee, 27, allegedly robbed the Check Casher at 644 Park Avenue. Officers with OPPD responded, saw Lee's vehicle fleeing the scene and tracked him down.
According to OPPD, Lee fired at the pursuing officer several times, hitting his patrol vehicle in the process. Lee then took off down Plainfield Avenue to Blake Avenue then to Highway 17. The suspect eventually crashed his vehicle into two OPPD vehicles in the 800 block of Park Avenue.
Sergeant J. Grant shot at Lee four times and struck him with each shot, according to OPPD. Lee was transported by air to UF Health where he is listed in critical condition. The Clay County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also responded to the scene.
Chief Gary Goble told First Coast News his officers reacted exactly they way they should have, given Lee's alleged actions.
"He struck on vehicle, he already shot an officer, and hit another officer head on, so yes, they were in danger," he said.
Eden Jordan was working just feet from where the incident ended on Park Avenue.
"I saw the first car crash with the sirens, and then the second car crash, then I heard like four gunshots," she said. "I was in shock - we live in Orange Park, which is quiet," she added.
The last Orange Park Police shooting was April 2007.
Sgt. Grant has been with this department since August 2005 with no prior officer involved shootings.
Lee has priors in Clay County for burglary, grand theft and driving while license suspended, according to the CCSO.