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Police: Subject who fired fatal shot outside Nippers not an officer



JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - The Jacksonville Beach Police Department revealed on Tuesday that they will turn the investigation of a deadly June shooting outside of Nippers Beach Grille over to the State Attorney's Office.

The altercation that resulted in the shooting death of Zachariah James Tipton, 40, began as a verbal altercation outside of Nippers between two motorcycle clubs, according to a release from JBPD Sgt. Tommy Crumley.

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Tipton was struck by one round, Crumley said.

Crumley also released other facts in the case, such as the fact that "the shooter in this case is not and never has been, a law enforcement officer," he said in the release. 

No one involved in the altercation is believed to be a past or present law enforcement officer, Crumley said.

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The identity of the person who shot Tipton is not being released at this time, as the State Attorney's Office has not yet filed charges in the case, Crumley said.