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Family identifies teen shot dead by Jacksonville officer in Moncrief

Kwamae Jones, 17, was shot to death by Officer N. E. Lawson on Jan. 5. Police say he was in a car traveling in the wrong direction that slammed into another vehicle.

First Coast News has learned the identity of a teen shot and killed by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Sunday. He is Kwamae Jones, 17, according to his family.

Even though the shooting occurred four days ago, JSO has not released the teen's name.

The shooting happened at 9:20 p.m. near the area of Moncrief Road and 45th Street West, according to JSO.

Officers tried to pull over a car that was traveling in the wrong direction on Moncrief Road, according to police. Officers say they tried to pull the vehicle over but it did not stop.

The vehicle then crashed into another vehicle before eventually slamming into the base of a pedestrian bridge, JSO says.

According to police, Officer N. E. Lawson approached the vehicle and "some sort of exchange that took place" before Lawson fired several times, striking both occupants of the vehicle.

The other occupant was taken to the hospital. JSO says a rifle was found in the backseat of their car.

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Kwamae Jones, 17, was shot and killed by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Deputy on Jan. 5.

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