A man is dead after a chase with police in Mandarin.
It happened Monday morning on Loretto Road. The street was lined with flashing lights, crime tape and police cars. It's normally a quiet neighborhood, but neighbors like Ali Dabiri woke up to gun shots. "We noticed a huge big bang and then heard shots," said Dabiri.
But not just one shot, seven rounds of gun fire and then Dabiri saw something he wants to forget. "We noticed he was young, his body was hanging out of the car window," said Dabiri.
Police say it started in the 12 thousand block of Hood Landing Road. They say Neil Southerland was vandalizing a car. When police got there, they say Southerland was driving away in a pickup truck. They chased him and threw out stop sticks.
That's when police say Southerland threw the truck in reverse and backed into a patrol car. Neighbors like Richard Hornbrook saw the damage first hand. "I see the truck had backed up on top of a police car."
That's when police say their officer fired the shots, killing Southerland. The tricky part now in the investigation is what lead up to the sargent firing his gun at Southerland.
But for neighbors like Hornbrook they've never seen so much activity in their front yards. "You never see anything like this," said Hornbrook.
JSO has put the officer who fired those shots on administrative leave. They say that's standard procedure.