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Trooper shot, suspect killed in shootout in Palatka

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Updated: 12/28/2013 1:01 pm
PALATKA, Fla. -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the face, and one suspect is dead and another at large following a shootout in Palatka.

Investigators say trooper Lawrence Andrew Litzell pulled over a Mercury Grand Marquis on Reid Street early Saturday morning.

Authorities say two men jumped out of the car and ran.

One man turned and fired at Litzell, hitting him in the face.

The trooper shot back, killing one suspect. He's been identified as 24-year-old Somourian Jamal Wingo.

The second man who ran from the car escaped.

Litzell was taken by medical helicopter to UF Health in Gainsesville, where he is in stable condition.

Authorities recovered a .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun at the scene.

Action News searched records from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office that show Wingo had four arrests since 2008, mostly for marijuana possession and violation of probation.  He was arrested twice in five days in May 2010 for selling cocaine and marijuana possession.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation.

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FlSunRise87 - 12/30/2013 10:19 AM
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I'm not sure how much more evidence we need in order to obtain MORE SCHOOL FUNDING for these dumb @$$ kids to get a education. There was obviously ZERO reasoning behind the shooters action, granted he has a gun in the car, and obviously other things to hide, this could have been a minimal sentence instead of a death penalty. And while we on the subject of education how can ANY OF YOU put yourself above the girl running her mouth? ..you guys literally called her "the second shooter, lower than human and ignorant trash with a ugly stupid face" GTFO how mature. The cause is LACK OF EDUCATION! It starts with out crappy @$$ public school stsyem which does NOTHING to motivate kids to continue their education and ends with drop outs who end up in prison only to become more corrupt, more subhuman and more ignorant. FLORIDA VOTERS HEAR ME ROAR: IMPROVE OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND WATCH CRIME RATE DROP BEFORE YOUR EYES! WTFU!

concerned cit - 12/28/2013 7:24 PM
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WOW SOME IGNORANT CHILD WHO PROB WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN MORE THAN A YR OR 2 IN PRISON, SHOT AN OFFICER AND BASICALLY COMMITTED SUICIDE OVER A TRAFFIC STOP! SOMETHING HAS TO BE GOING WRONG IN THE HEADS OF THE YOUTH IN THE SOUTH THESE DAYS...WE ALL NEED TO LEARN HOW TO TEACH OUR KIDS BETTER!!THEY AREN'T THUGS THEY WANT TO BE THUGS THEY ARE JUST IGNORANT!

Old Dog - 12/28/2013 3:57 PM
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Good shooting officer, happy to hear you killed that POS, just hope the police can find and kill the one that got away. Time to start putting more of these thugs where it belong, in a grave. As for trash like girlxyxy just go crawl back into the gutter where you can from, you don't deserve any better, as you are unfit to be called a human.

nativejax - 12/28/2013 1:15 PM
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She cant help it LO61903, ignorant thug trash is everywhere. She wouldn't run her stupid ugly mouth if someone shot her in her ugly stupid face.

LO61903 - 12/28/2013 11:53 AM
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So girlxyxy - are you the suspect that got away or something? You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such a mean ignorant comment.

Girlxyxy - 12/28/2013 11:35 AM
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Damn, wish the suspect had been a crack shot, hope the trooper faced is screwed up for life. That's what he gets, for. Trying to meet his quota at the end of the year.

Gunny48 - 12/28/2013 9:51 AM
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Best of luck to the trooper. Good job returning fire! The other idiot better give himself up if he wants to live.
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