Shots Fired During a Routine Traffic Stop in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP):
Authorities say a routine traffic stop in Jacksonville led to a shootout with police and a suspect being killed.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports that a vehicle was pulled over for some equipment violations early Tuesday morning. Two officers approached the car, and the passenger, later identified as 23-year-old John Dawson Parker, opened the door and ran.
The Florida Times-Union reports that one officer chased Parker on foot while the other officer followed in a patrol car. The officer on foot eventually tackled Parker, and a struggle ensued.
Authorities say Parker pushed away at some point, drew a gun and fired at the officer. Both officers returned fire, killing Parker. A nearby home was hit by a bullet, but no one inside was injured.
The driver who was initially pulled over was cooperating with officers.
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