Multiple Action News Jax sources said Jabar Gaffney surrendered to police outside a Southside home Friday.
Gaffney went to Raines High School and played wide receiver for the University of Florida and multiple NFL teams.
Multiple @ActionNewsJax sources say Jabar Gaffney was the suicidal person taken into custody by #JSO on #Jacksonville's Southside today. Gaffney played WR for Raines, UF, & multiple NFL teams. Court records show yesterday, he pleaded not guilty to felony criminal mischief charge. pic.twitter.com/S2R9SAaRk2— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) September 22, 2018
Court records show that Gaffney pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal mischief charge on Thursday.
Neighbors in Highland Glen on Beach Boulevard say police told them to stay in their homes. They described officers with rifles walking around their neighborhood.
“[The officers said] hands up! Hands in the air!” said neighbor Greg Wilkes.
“Then it seemed like at that point, we looked out and saw a policeman kind of hunched down behind our car, guns drawn, ready for anything to happen,” Wilkes said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said officers were called for an armed suicidal person. They said SWAT had to intervene, and the person exited the home minutes later.
Police said he was taken to a mental health facility under the Baker Act.
In July Gaffney and his girlfriend are accused of doing more than $1,000 worth of damage to a former teammate's vehicle at Jacksonville Beach.
Court records show Gaffney has three other misdemeanor arrests dating back to 2017 and a domestic violence injunction.
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