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14th police shooting of 2009

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Updated: 12/14/2009 9:51 pm
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.
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7MICK - 12/15/2009 3:06 PM
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GOOD JOB JSO. ONE MORE SCUMBAG HOODLUM OFF THE STREETS. HIS DADDY SAID HE WAS A GOOD BOY. ONLY ARRESTED 5 TIMES MUST BE A BADGE OF HONOR FOR SOME. HE WAS A THUG.

Realchange - 12/15/2009 11:45 AM
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This story seems strange. A man with blown tires from speed strip spikes backs his car up into police cruiser and police shoot to kill ? The earlier story had people saying way to go about killing this guy. It's good they responded so fast to the call about vandaling. It's not good that guy who could been apprhended is now dead. Police do a hard thankless job but the one thing they often forget they have to stay within the laws themselves. To often this is ignored by investigators and prosecutors in this state. The people should remind these people how they feel about that when elections come up. Lady leaves her dog in hot car dog nearly dies she gets jail time, rightfully so. Cop does same thing to expensive K-9 unit and nothig but written reprimand. Beat the hell out someone hard enough they die you go to jail and should be there. Ex-cops do it in boot camp the prosecutor screws the case up and the cornor lies for the ex cops. Even with video tap showing the crime! You speed down the road you get a ticket again rightfully so. Cop speeds down to the local barbeque place to meet his/her working buddies who gives them a ticket? Go down the road with all tinted windows in this state will get ticket after ticket about how your vech is unsafe for cops and violating the laws. Cops unmarked cars have these all around tinted windows and get away with it. Don't think the criminals are not aware of that? A lot southern people have this image in their heads that cops are super heros who never lie, cheat etc. This is the case for most them, but they also feel they are above the law. Prosecutors in this state will intentionally fail any case invovling cops or former cops supposedly just doing their jobs no matter who died or how many people were hurt from it. You will not get justice.
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