JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released video from an officer-involved shooting at a high school football game that happened Friday, Aug. 18.
Devonn Thompson, 15, was shot twice after opening fire into a crowd of people who were leaving First Coast High School.
The gun Thompson had was reported stolen five days earlier in an auto theft, JSO said in the “critical incident briefing” on the shooting.
JSO posted the video on its YouTube page. You can click here to watch it. Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.
The release of the video is the tenth one of JSO’s “Critical Incident Briefings” released since Sheriff T.K. Waters took office in November. The agency has said the briefings are part of Waters’ commitment to transparency with the community.
It’s part of JSO’s promise to release any body-worn camera footage from officer-involved shootings within 21 days of the incident.
The video shows the frantic and chaotic moments following the shooting.
Chaos erupted after the football game, which was First Coast vs. Ribault High School.
“Hey, hey, hey, taser, (gun fire) white shirt, white shirt, white shirt,” an officer can be heard saying.
The video shows officers chasing Thompson after police say he shot into a large crowd after a brawl broke out between 30 to 40 people.
“HQ shots fired shots fired, hey hey hey,” an officer can be heard saying.
Officers opened fire and chased Thompson through a parking lot, but Thompson wouldn’t stop.
Thompson jumped a fence and ran across Duval Station Road. He was grazed in the head by a bullet and shot in the hip as he tried to get away.
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“Hey, he’s running to the Daily’s, running to the Daily’s,” an officer said, talking about the Daily’s gas station across the street from the school.
Eventually, officers caught up to Thompson. Police found a gun in his pants. The gun had one round in the chamber and eight in the magazine.
Police provided medical care before Thompson was taken to the hospital.
Thompson was booked on numerous charges, including discharging a firearm on school property and carrying a concealed firearm.
There were no reports of any injuries, besides Thompson.
JSO said the officers’ actions during the shooting will be reviewed, which is standard procedure.
Other critical incident briefings
- JSO released a similar “critical incident briefing” in January released a similar “critical incident briefing” on a November officer-involved shooting.
- In February, JSO issued a “critical incident briefing” on an officer-involved shooting that happened in January.
- Also in February, JSO released video of a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in January where an officer was also grazed by a bullet.
- Again in February, body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting near the Duval-Nassau county line was released of an officer-involved shooting that happened near the Duval-Nassau county line.
- In April, JSO issued a “critical incident briefing” of a suspect lunging to stab a JSO K-9 before being shot and killed by a Jacksonville officer.
- In May, a “critical incident briefing” was issued on an April 18 incident outside of Baptist Medical Center South where an officer was shot and a suspect was killed.
- In June, police issued a “critical incident briefing” on an officer-involved shooting that happened May 19. Zonchez Delarfette Prince, 39, a suspect wanted in South Florida murder, was shot, killed by JSO officers in Clay County. Prior to the shooting, police said Prince pointed a gun in their direction.
- On July 25, JSO released a “critical incident briefing” on a shooting that happened on July 9 on Boney Road. Police said Timothy O’Donahue, 49, was taken to the hospital in critical condition after an shooting officer with an airsoft pistol and the officer fired back.
- On Aug. 22, JSO released a “critical incident briefing” in an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday, Aug. 6 in the 7600 block of Pickett Street. Police said Juan Johnson stabbed James Hoffman and his dog to death.