Jacksonville officer critical after being shot by suspect

- Authorities say an off-duty detective who was shot was taking his son to school when he made an impromptu traffic stop.  

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney said Wednesday the narcotics detective was shot in the head, hand and upper body. He is in critical condition. "If you are inclined to do so, please say a prayer for our officer," the Sheriff's Office tweeted earlier.

Hackney says he doesn't know why the detective was pulling the suspect over. He says the suspect jumped out of his car and immediately opened fire. The son was not hurt.  "He's very shaken up.  Those of us who have kids driving cars off-duty, you know the risk.  We know the risk the day we sign up... but when it happens to one in your own family and you see that, like this young man who did see his own father get shot, I just can't imagine that.  It's just frightening," said Hackney.

He says the suspect had just fled his house following a domestic dispute where he'd threatened to harm himself and his girlfriend.

After the shooting, the suspect ran away and stole a truck. Hackney says two officers eventually shot him after ordering him to drop his gun. The suspect is alive and in custody.

This story is developing as we'll continue to update as more information becomes available. 

 

JSO Police Officer Shot Media Briefing - 3/9/2016

Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

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