Jacksonville officer fired 4 times at man with gun

Published On: Dec 28 2012 04:38:32 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 29 2012 08:26:22 AM EST

VIDEO: For the 17th time this year... a member of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had to fire a weapon. Nobody was hit.


A police officer is on administrative leave after firing four times at a man with a gun early Friday morning.

No one was hit by the shots fired just before 3 a.m. on Boulevard and Woodbine Road in the Brentwood neighborhood, but two men were later arrested in connection with the incident.

Officer James White, a four-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, was responding to a 911 call about a disturbance when he went around the back of the unit and said a 19-year-old later identified as Cameron Stewart came out of the back door and aimed a pistol him.

"(White) was armed with departmentally issued AR-15 rifle," JSO Chief Tom Hackney said. "(He) ordered the subject to drop the gun. The subject failed to comply with the officer's orders. The officer discharged his rifle four times at the subject."

None of the bullets hit the man, who went back inside.  Three of the officer's shots hit the door and one went into a utility area.

When back-up arrived, everyone came out of the house and police arrested Stewart for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. They also arrested 18-year-old Sydney White for aggravated assault for allegedly firing a weapon at the man who called 911.

Troy Jones was awakened by the argument, then gunfire in the duplex next door.

"The dude got up and said, 'Oh, but you got a gun, you got a gun,' and he said, 'Yeah and I'll put it, I'll pull it,'" Jones said of the conversation he overheard.

People in the neighborhood are thankful no one -- including two women and a baby inside the unit at the time -- was hurt.

"I just wish they weren't so close… making us feel like we were in danger," Jones said.

This was 17th time a Jacksonville officer had fired his weapon at a suspect in 2012.  Ten of those suspects were hit by a police bullet and six of those died.

"It's a very serious matter when an officer has to engage a suspect with a weapon," Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said. "When you pull that weapon out, you better be ready to use it, simply because sometimes there are no second chances."


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