Off-Duty Cop Shoots 2 Armed Robbers In His Home - 1 Dead

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    Off-Duty Cop Shoots 2 Armed Robbers In His Home - 1 Dead

    Officer Recovering After Shootout In Own Home - Orlando News Story - WESH Orlando

    Daytona Beach police officer Jermaine Jones is being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center with a bullet wound to the stomach after a shootout with three alleged burglars Thursday night.

    Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Jones, 28, got out of surgery before 6 a.m. and is expected to make a full recovery, WESH 2 News reported.

    On Friday morning, several of Jones' colleagues waited outside to hear about his condition.
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    "He's fine. He's fine. He's going to survive this, thank goodness, and he's OK," one colleague said.

    The shooting happened at Jones' home at the Villas of Pine Hills after Jones' neighbor, Kim Stark, called to tell him she witnessed three men breaking into his home.

    Neighbors said several homes in the area have been broken into recently, and they are worried that another home invasion could occur.

    "I was at home. There was a loud bang, crash on my front door so I actually thought I was being home invaded," Stark said.

    "We go to work and we think we've got stuff secured and people are just coming in through the bedroom windows, and it's bad," neighbor Elijah Flanders said.

    Flanders was at his home and witnessed Jones standing over one of the wounded men who tried to burglarize his home.

    Flanders said he saw Jones' pregnant wife nearby and he kept her in his garage while police secured the neighborhood.

    "She was shaking and she was real upset. She said they just had left. They really didn't leave the complex, they went down the street about six or seven doors down and they weren't gone that long and they got a phone call," Flanders said.

    The officer and his wife were not home at the time, but authorities said they returned to their home on Champagne Circle to find three male teenagers leaving the property.

    "I was so scared I actually grabbed my gun because all I was thinking about was saving myself," Stark said.

    The three intruders and Jones opened fire. In the exchange of gunfire, one of the teens, Brandon Harris, 17, was killed and another was injured and is listed in critical condition. Police said they are still looking for the third intruder.

    "He died. He lost his life. I know he isn't that type of person. I still can't believe it," friend Veto Calare said.

    Loved ones said the 17-year-old they knew was not a burglar -- just running with a bad crowd.

    "Wrong place at the wrong time, I guess," Calare said.

    "It was a scary moment, especially to see him shot and he's laying in my yard," Stark said.

    Jones's wife, who is five months pregnant, watched everything unfold and called 911 from the inside of her husband's car in the driveway.

    Chitwood said he was relieved his officer will be OK.

    "You know you don't want to see anybody risk their life, but at the end of the day what it came down to for officer Jones was who was going to survive here because basically he was in a battle for his life," Chitwood said.

    "You never think about your house. You think about it while you're working. You put the uniform on, you always say you want to go home the way you came, but you never think about it being in your home and this had to be a traumatic, traumatic incident for him," Deputy Chief Ben Walton said.

    Jones' wife, who was feet away from the shooting, was not injured and is doing fine, Chitwood said.

    Chitwood said crime involving juveniles is increasing.

    "Juvenile crime is off the hook and yet the politicians and nobody wants to come forward to do anything about it," Chitwood said.

    "The woman's like a rock. You look at her, you would never know the ordeal that she just went through," he said. "Five months pregnant and they're going to have a boy."

    One neighbor slept through the shooting and awoke to bullet holes in her car and home.

    Just last Friday, Jones was honored by Daytona Beach police for catching an armed robber in Port Orange.

    He's been with the department for two and a half years. Jones was one of the first officers Chitwood hired when he took the post.
    I don't know that I would have allowed my pregnant wife to accompany me when I received a call about people breaking into my house. Good that she was there to be a witness, but I don't know that I would've risked two additional lives, besides my own.

    Good outcome though, hopefully the 3rd punk is caught in relatively short order, and both of the surviving bad guys are charged with murder.
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    Teenagers opening fire when caught.......pardon me, armed thugs. Glad the officer and his wife are gonna be OK.

    Orlando is getting nasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldshellback View Post
    Orlando is getting nasty.
    Yup it is. Glad that I no longer have small children that want to visit Disney, Universal, whatever.
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    "He died. He lost his life. I know he isn't that type of person. I still can't believe it," friend Veto Calare said.
    Actually, he was that kind of person. Everyone is, since everyone dies.

    It's just that burglars and robbers die at an increased rate, as compared to honorable folk. If the news is true, then his dead friend apparently was that kind of person, too.
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    It sure was nice of the news paper to tell the city where this cop lives. Now when somebody gets pissed at him the know where he lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CT-Mike View Post
    Yup it is. Glad that I no longer have small children that want to visit Disney, Universal, whatever.
    Actually, FWIW, this is Daytona Beach area. Not too far, but not exactly the same.
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    I'm glad the officer and his wife are going to be fine. I hope they catch the third criminal quickly.

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    "The shooting happened at Jones' home at the Villas of Pine Hills"

    Ah yes.....as we call it here in Orlando......"Crime Hills" Too bad..when I moved here 22 years ago it was nowhere near like it is now. I think we need a new slogan for Florida...."Welcome to the Sunshine State....Now Duck and Take Cover"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdr7871 View Post
    "The shooting happened at Jones' home at the Villas of Pine Hills"

    Ah yes.....as we call it here in Orlando......"Crime Hills" Too bad..when I moved here 22 years ago it was nowhere near like it is now. I think we need a new slogan for Florida...."Welcome to the Sunshine State....Now Duck and Take Cover"
    Seriously. Before I saw this news I had commented in another thread about the same thing, seems I'm seeing more and more of this type of news come from that area. I'm no longer in the Orlando area, but had lived there for ~15 or so years, and still have family there. Fortunately we lived in some of the more "quiet" areas...but I made sure to avoid areas like Crime Hills, certain areas around downtown (especially west of I-4) and the tourist traps down south.

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    Update...Wounded officer mourns teen suspect killed...

    Wounded police officer mourns teen suspect killed during burglary -- OrlandoSentinel.com

    Gunshots rang out. A woman screamed. Off-duty Daytona Beach police Officer Jermaine Jones shouted at the youths who police said shot him in the stomach and burglarized the Pine Hills home he shares with his pregnant wife.

    "Get on the ground right now," Jones ordered.

    "I'm gonna shoot. I'm gonna shoot."

    When the gun battle ended and Orange County deputies arrived late Thursday, suspect Brandon Jamal Harris, 17, lay dead in a nearby driveway. Jordan Karon Mathis, 16, a second suspect, was critically wounded, and a third was being sought by police.

    The officer was bleeding from his belly, visibly upset that he had taken the life of a young man, a witness said.

    Jones, who joined the Daytona Beach police force in 2005, was the second off-duty officer shot in Pine Hills in four months. Orlando police Officer Alfred L. Gordon, 52, was slain in a robbery while he was leaving an automated teller machine near his home Oct. 4.

    Jones, 28, was in serious condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center late Friday and is expected to recover. The bullet missed his vital organs, Daytona Beach police Chief Michael Chitwood said.

    "The outpouring of support from fellow officers has been overwhelming," Chitwood said. "This is a good cop and an affable young man."

    Burglars have struck the Villas at Pine Hills repeatedly in recent months, neighbors said, and sheriff's records show that deputies responded to five residential burglary calls to Jones' street during the past 90 days.

    On Thursday, a neighbor telephoned Jones and his wife at about 11 p.m. to tell them that burglars were breaking into their home, Chitwood said. The couple arrived to find the youths fleeing through a side door.

    Bullets flew, and Jones' wife, who remained in the car during the confrontation, threw it in reverse, drove to safety and dialed 911, Chitwood said.

    Next-door neighbor Kim Starks, 37, woke when she heard a commotion. She grabbed the gun she bought recently in response to the rash of burglaries and called emergency dispatchers on her cell phone.

    Starks heard Jones warn suspects he was going to shoot and saw the body of a dead teen, later identified as Harris, lying on her driveway outside her window.

    Harris looked so young, Starks said. His arm was folded under his chin.

    "He looked like he was sleeping, and I knew he was dead," Starks said.

    Deputies dragged Mathis, who was wounded, out of Jones' home and sat him on the grass next to his dead friend, Starks said.

    "He had so much regret on his face," Starks said. "He wouldn't look; he never would look at his friend."

    Harris' mother, Tammia Harris, said her son was like most teenagers. He liked video games and rap music. He attended Mid-Florida Tech until last fall and was on a waiting list to attend an alternative school.

    He didn't deserve to die, she said.


    "It doesn't matter what happened. Somebody lost a life," said Harris, 40.

    According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records, the teen had been arrested eight times in the past two years -- most recently in October on burglary charges. The case was set for trial in March.

    Mathis has an arrest record as well. In 2007, Orlando police arrested him on burglary charges. A year earlier, Apopka police booked him on charges of battery, assault and disturbing the peace.

    But his cousin, Mike Davis, said the teen isn't a criminal.

    "He was a good kid," Davis said. "Jordan was at the wrong place at the wrong time."

    Colleagues at the Daytona Beach Police Department said Jones is a good patrol officer, and, after additional training in technology and report writing, was about to be recommended for full-time work. He received four commendations for outstanding work, including aiding in the capture of several armed criminals.

    "He's very, very personable. He wants to be a police officer, and he is dedicated to the job," said Lt. Charles Fordham II, who was his patrol supervisor for one year.

    The shooting rattled Jones. Deputies ordered him to the ground as a precaution, Starks said, and he complied.

    As he lay on the ground, he grieved out loud, Starks said.

    "No, no, no," he repeated, she recalled.

    "He could see those children," she said. "He didn't want to take that action, but he had to."


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    I really feel for this officer and his wife. No one should have to do this. But, regardless of the inane comments of family/friends, these 'career criminals' signed their own warrants and sentences.

    God bless Officer Jermaine Jones.
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    Chitwood

    The DBPD Chief, Chitwood, is a heck of a good supervisor from what the troops say of him and he is not afraid to say the truth in plain English to whoever is around. That includes the media. One comment he did make was an eye opener to me, though. In an interview on this shooting the Chief mentioned that the officer was a well trained cop, and the assailants were "thugs" and "punks". That is true, but the officer still got shot. Even a punk can get lucky, even a thug might know what he's doing.


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    Another one bites the dust,
    ANother one bites the dust.
    And another one's gone,
    And another one's gone,
    Another one bites the dust.
    Hey Hey !!

    He ain't no criminal, he is just a nice boy. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He didn't deserve to die.

    WRONG ANSWER!!! If he were a nice boy, he wouldn't have been trying to steal from someone. He was in the perfect place at the perfect time. Live the thug life, die a thug's death. I hope the officer fully recovers from his experience with the 3 nice boys. If the 2nd slug dies, perhaps the 3rd one will get charged with murder and take the whole group off the streets forever.
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