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First police shooting of 2014 leaves man injured

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Updated: 1/04 12:10 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday the man who barricaded himself inside a Westside home Thursday did not suffer from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, making it the first police shooting of 2014. 

Crime scene investigators were back at the home on the 8400 block of Herlong Road Friday to finish gathering evidence. 

According to the JSO, 45-year-old Gary Schiwart's mother called police to report her son had threatened to kill her and himself. 

Police say he fired a shot at his mother as she tried to flee but missed. When police arrived on the scene he barricaded himself inside the home for more than seven hours. 

Several neighbors say they were not allowed to leave their homes until he surrendered. 

"A policewoman was walking by when I was trying to let the cat out and I said 'are we in danger?' and she said 'yeah go back in your house and close the door,'" said neighbor Mary Barrett. 

According to the JSO, at one point Schiwart broke out a window with his shotgun and pointed it at police. Chief of investigations Annie Smith says Schiwart fired at law enforcement at least twice. 

"At 4:52 p.m. the suspect came out of the front door again with the shotgun pointed it at the officers inside the ballistic vehicle and one officer fired back at the suspect," said Smith. 

Once Schiwart turned himself in he was immediately rushed to the hospital. 

"It appears at this time, yes, it was one of our officer's gunshots that struck him in the head," said Smith. 

It is still unclear at what point Schiwart was struck or which officer's gunshot struck him. The JSO says it is still investigating. 

Schiwart is in critical but stable condition. He's facing an aggravated assault with domestic violence charge. Additional charges are pending.
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