Daniel Deion Sanchez and another gunman walked up to the garage of homeland security Assistant Chief Carson Tranquille as he and his wife arrived at their Northside home just before midnight, police said. The robbers were masked had their guns drawn.
Tranquille and his wife were going into the house when the robbers approached, according to a police report.
Tranquille fired his weapon, wounding one of the robbers, who was caught a few houses away and identified as Sanchez, said Chief Rick Graham of the Sheriff's Office.
Sanchez was shot in the leg and was taken to Shands Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries, Graham said.
The second robber escaped. Graham said police were looking for the other suspect and possibly a third person.
He said Tranquille, a 20-year veteran of the department, first became suspicious as he passed through his neighborhood and noticed a car with its headlights on.
The couple pulled into their garage and were preparing to go inside when the assailants walked up the driveway.
“This was before the garage door was able to come down,” Graham said. Graham said the case is "really about a homeowner and his wife," though it shows police can also become victims of random crime.
"We're not immune to it," he said.
Graham said Tranquille was not in uniform and that the attempted robbery appears to be a random act.
He said the two suspects did not fire their weapons and that a gun was recovered.
“When the garage door went up and the light came on, that became a crime of opportunity,” Graham said.
He said Sanchez has spoken with police.
A person who answered the door at the Prospect Creek Drive address listed on Sanchez' arrest report declined to discuss the case.