JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say a suspect wanted in connection with the police shooting at Jacksonville International Airport is facing new charges.
Authorities are looking for Rodney Lorenzo Addison, 20. He is facing charges of two counts of attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
Police say Addison has been the focus of an auto theft probe since last week. On May 7, police spotted Addison at the wheel of a stolen car. Officers tried to stop him then, but he managed to get away. Chief Tom Hackney says SWAT team members spotted the stolen vehicle again on Norwood Avenue. Officers called for backup while following the car to JIA.
The car pulled into the rental car return area of the parking garage. Police say Addison abruptly got out of the car almost as if he wanted to see if he was being followed.
The officers pulled their patrol cars up to box in Addison's car from the front and back. Police say Addison rammed their cars, and ultimately drove in reverse to get out of the parking garage.
Detective Edward Rogers, a nine year veteran with JSO, fired three shots from his AR-15 rifle, striking Addison's car all 3 times, but Addison and the car escaped.
"There's always discernment when you employ deadly force when you take your gun out of its holster when you elect to use it," said Chief Tom Hackney. "The backdrop is a consideration. Citizens around is a consideration but also the safety of the general public and the safety of those officers is a consideration. These things are measured in microseconds from an officer."
A short time later, JSO received a 911 call in reference to someone being shot near Highlands Elementary School. Police say a 17-year-old told police that an unknown person shot him in the leg. He was treated and released from UF & Shands Jacksonville. The teenager then said he was in the car with Addison at the airport, that Addison was the driver of the car.
Police recovered the car at the Monaco Arms II apartment complex near Highlands Elementary.
Addison remains at large, as well as a third unidentified man in the car. Addison has a lengthy criminal past. In November of 2011, he faced charges of burglary, armed with a dangerous weapon, fleeing or attempting to elude officer marked with lights and sirens, grand and theft auto. He faced grand theft auto charges in October of 2011. Those charges were dropped. Police also arrested him in March of 2011 for trespassing. He received 10 days in jail but only served two due to credit for time served. And in 2010, he faced charges for careless driving, and driving without a license.
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