Police: Man Attempting To Rob Undercover Officers Shot, Killed
updated 2 hours, 29 minutes ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man was shot and killed in northwest Jacksonville Thursday afternoon after he tried to rob two undercover police officers, police said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the officers were parked near Portsmouth Avenue and Fitzwater Road in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood posing as drug buyers when a man walked up to their unmarked vehicle with a gun, pointed it in their vehicle and ordered the officers to give him their money.
"A shot was fired by the would-be robber into the undercover officers' vehicle, very narrowly missing both the undercover officers," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Rick Graham said. "The undercover officers, in defense of their own lives, returned fire to which the suspect was shot."
The man, whose name was not released, died at the scene. Neither officer was hurt.
Graham said both officers fired shots, but how many round were fired and how many struck the robber were facts that were still under investigation.
Police have not identified the man, but Channel 4ís Vickie Pierre was told by a family member that the man shot and killed was in his early 20s.
"It's a shame it had to happen like this," said Marcus Hunter, who said the victim was his cousin. "Now his little girl ain't got no daddy; her daddy got gunned down."
The is the second police-involved shooting of 2009.