Two Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers stable following shooting with suicidal suspect


Two Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers stable following shooting with suicidal suspect

Police said the man was thrown a great distance and died at the scene.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said when police arrived, they found Derrick Brabham and a woman having what appeared to be an argument in the home's front yard.

At last check, one officer was in critical condition and the other officer was in stable condition, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

"I'm happy they're still with us and I hope they recover", said Williams who thanked the law enforcement community for the outpouring of support. The officers were called out to a report of an attempted suicide and threats to harm other individuals inside the home. Williams said this is Fox's second officer-involved shooting during his tenure with JSO.

The shooting occurred when a contact team of seven officers approached the home at 5176 Seaboard Avenue just before 11 p.m.

Officer Michael Fox, an 11-year veteran, was struck when the rifle fire hit his gun.

"Early this morning, I was able to see Officer Jarrell", Williams said. That's when the suspect began shooting at the officers and an exchange of gunfire ensued, JSO Director Mike Bruno said.

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

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

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Scott also said that two police officers who had been shot in the northern city of Jacksonville were "in danger". At one point, the suspect was shot by police, and "stopped advancing toward officers", Bruno said. "They knew as they were approaching that house the seriousness of this, and (they) didn't flinch". Officers exchanged gunfire with the man.

The shooting in Jacksonville was the third of three police shootings within a couple of hours.

Just south of Orlando, two police officers were also shot Friday night, one of them fatally, according to Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell.