2 officers shot in Westside shootout have 'long road ahead'

Faith Castro
August 20, 2017

The two officers were shot while attempting to apprehend an active shooting suspect on Jacksonville's Westside Friday night, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Less than 10 minutes elapsed from the time of the initial 911 call to the gunfire, Bruno said. The officers were called out to a report of an attempted suicide and threats to harm other individuals inside the home. "Any type of extended delay could result in further loss of life".

The suspect and the officers were then transported to a local hospital.

The suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire. The man with the rifle was also shot in the exchange of gunfire, Bruno said.

Neptune Beach police say Ortiz resigned while he was his internal affairs investigation was pending.

The Sheriff's Office said in a press briefing Saturday that Jarrell was in stable condition and Fox was undergoing surgery.

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In May 2016, Farrell received the Police Officer of the Month award for his work patrolling Zone 4, which is located on the Westside. "They knew as they were approaching that house the seriousness of this, and (they) didn't flinch". One officer was shot in the hands and one officer was shot in the stomach, 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. "And yet, they moved forward to meet their commitment that they held, that they swore to take to this community". Police said they believe a black Buick four-door sedan left the scene.

The Sheriff's Office has blocked off a portion of Seaboard Avenue off Timuquana Road, with police officers, investigators, forensic units and the mobile command center on scene.

The Kissimmee Police Department says via its official Twitter site Friday night that the officers were shot in the area of Palmway and Cypress.

Kissimmee is about 23 miles (37.01 kilometers) south of Orlando.

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