Jacksonville man shot by police taken off life support

Jacksonville man shot by police taken off life support

The man who was shot in the head by an officer after he led police on a high-speed chase and hit a patrol car head on has died, according to family.

Vernell Bing Jr., 22, had no brain activity after he was shot in the Springfield section of Jacksonville on Sunday.

Family said he was taken off life support around 8:45 p.m. on Monday. He had a son on the way, according to family.

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On Sunday officers tried to pull Bing over in a red Chevy Camaro, a rental car that was reported stolen at gunpoint in March.

Police said the car was also involved in a shooting on April 16.

Bing fled the area but was later seen by officers on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

An officer called for assistance and they tried to stop the car but Bing did not stop.

Officers chased him through Moncrief, downtown and then to the Springfield area.

During the chase, officers said Bing hit Officer Tyler Landreville's patrol car head on. JSO said Monday that Bing hit the patrol car at 53 mph without braking. Data from the cars shows the officer was going 14 mph and was braking.

Bing got out of the car and Landreville fired his gun five times, striking Bing once in the head, JSO said.

JSO said it is unclear what caused Landreville to fire his weapon. No gun was found on Bing or in his car, according to JSO.

Landreville, a 7-year JSO veteran, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville after his patrol car was hit. He was discharged from the hospital hours after the crash.

JSO said it will conduct an internal investigation into the shooting and the State Attorney's Office will conduct its own concurrent investigation.

Councilman Reggie Gaffney is calling for a federal independent investigation into this shooting, and JSO as a whole.