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JSO officer shot in struggle with burglary suspect

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Updated: 8/01/2013 2:27 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News is talking to a local pawn shop who says a family of suspects tied to a police shooting pawned items earlier this week.

Wednesday afternoon a police officer was shot inside the Big Cash Pawn store. Police say they were looking for a family of thieves, suspected of stealing items then pawning them off to stores all up and down Beach Blvd. "We know they pawned 60 items since the first of the month," said Chief Annie Smith with JSO.

Jeremy Cottrill says the suspects were in his store just down the street on Monday. "The family came in Monday and had quite a good amount of gold they were looking to sell," said Cottrill.

He says they made two transactions in two different names then left in the same type of car our cameras caught parked outside the crime scene. "One was in the daughter's name. The other in the mother's. They left happy because they got a good amount of money," said Cottrill.

Police say they check the system for frequent pawners in the city and came across these names. One employee we talked with says just says he would've never suspected anything was going on. "It seemed like a friendly, happy go lucky family," said Cottrill.

JSO is expected to release more details on Thursday. The suspects' names have not been released. The officer, J.C. Prentice, was treated at the crime scene and is now on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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Old Dog - 8/1/2013 11:36 AM
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There is obviously some gutter trash patrolling this story, the kind of trash I would be more than happy to take out. Fact of the matter is the reason JSO or any other law enforcement agencies profile minorities (sadly mostly blacks) is because they are the animals committing most of the violent crimes in this country. In fact I wish the cops would kill more of them instead of arresting them, because a large percentage of them are not civilized, they are just animals, who deserve the treatment they are given. Then I guess we created this useless, lazy breed of animal because one of the first rules of dealing with wild animals is never feed them because they are more likely to bite the hand that feeds them. Which is the case with these lowly piles of trash, with their nappy hair, gold teeth and saggy pants, this specific group of sick animal shouldn’t be allowed to live in a land of civilized people and surely shouldn’t receive any type of public assistance because they are lazy and don’t contribute anything back to society, they just suck the life out of the working class people who work and pay the taxes necessary to keep this country strong.

starflyer59 - 8/1/2013 7:33 AM
3 Votes
Praying for a quick recovery for the police officer and his family. Happy they caught the bad guys.

nativejax - 8/1/2013 12:22 AM
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You get on here bragging you just killed a cop, jaymz....I hope they track you down and lock your nasty, mangy ass up for life. And while your in their with the same thugs you idolize, I hope your wife(if any woman would have you) DIVORCES your sorry ass and marries a cop...lol.. At least she would get a "REAL' moral man, not a paranoid schizophrenic who pretends to have morals after he brags about killing a cop. You need help. but with your big mouth and propensity, my guess one of JSO finest will have to deal with you soon enough. No one on here has to be a 'native' to see what your future holds.

nativejax - 7/31/2013 5:39 PM
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I'm glad the Officer will be okay.

c9bcrewman - 7/31/2013 5:27 PM
2 Votes
amen shoot the bum. he has no respect for the law. put a bullet right between his eye's.

cabgx2 - 7/31/2013 4:34 PM
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The POS suspect should be in the custody of the medical examiner.
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