Jacksonville Officers Shot With High Powered Rifle


Those two individuals went back inside the home, and moments later officers heard gunfire coming from inside.

According to the Sheriff, seven officers arrived at the home and as they planned an approach they witnessed a man and woman out front in an argument. The man with the rifle was also shot in the exchange of gunfire, Bruno said.

At about 10:50pm Friday, officers responded to a home on Seaboard Avenue to a man who was making threats and fired a gun.

"There's not a lot that's designed that you could wear on a daily basis that does stop that, and these officers know that", he said.

A shootout just outside the house ended with the suspect's being shot, one officer's being shot in both hands, and another officer's being shot in the stomach, Bruno said. Bruno said the team would probably be on site for many hours. Two adult males were hit by the gunfire and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He does not have a criminal history, the sheriff said. One officer was listed in critical condition, the other in stable condition, Bruno confirmed.

Police were told that three people were hiding in the back room and the suspect had armed himself with with a high-powered rifle.

Taken to a local hospital, the suspect was declared dead.

Three women were in the home: The suspect's girlfriend, the girlfriend's mother, and a friend of the family.

"We often talk about the inherent dangers of police work, but tonight, those dangers were all too real for these officers", Bruno said. "Any delay there certainly puts them in greater danger".

The officers were encountered nearly immediately inside the home by the suspect, and he opened fire on the officers. "They knew as they were approaching that house the seriousness of this, and (they) didn't flinch".

JSO's investigation into the incident continues.

Jacksonville police were called to the scene of a drive-by shooting on Westside, Saturday evening.

Earlier Friday night in Central Florida, one Kissimmee Police officer was shot and killed and another was gravely injured.