Florida police officer shot in face by burglary suspect; five officers returned fire, killing the suspect

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A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot in the face in Northwest Jacksonville Friday night during a confrontation with a burglary suspect, who was killed in the exchange, authorities said.

The shooting took place after five JSO deputies responded to a possible burglary and located a possible suspect, who was not compliant and fired at the officers, according to Sheriff T. K. Waters. Each of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect, he said.

The injured officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.

"I am fortunate that we didn’t lose an officer tonight," Sheriff Waters said at a press conference Friday evening.

The sheriff opened the press conference by saying officers often hope to return home safely and that this incident was a good example of such an evening.

"People think it’s a cliché that officers just want to go home safely every night but there’s no further testament like what happened tonight," Waters said.

Waters explained the shooting was the culmination of investigative efforts that started at 5:30 p.m., when officers received calls of a possible burglary at a residence "very close" to the eventual shooting. The shooting was "about two blocks" away from the initial residence, Waters said later.

"The officers were following up on that burglary, and at about 6:30 p.m., they located a suspect and a suspect’s vehicle at the 1800 block of Hardee St.," he said.... (Read more)