• Jacksonville police: Sex battery suspect killed in officer-involved shooting was holding loaded gun

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has identified the man killed early Tuesday morning in an officer-involved shooting.

    Six officers fired 21 shots at Antonio Joseph Valentine, 32, during an encounter in the parking lot of Harveys Supermarket on Arlington Road, said Ron Lendvay, JSO Director of Investigations and Homeland Security. 

    The incident began at 3:54 a.m. Tuesday, when a JSO officer noticed a "suspicious" pickup truck parked in a dark area near the bushes of a Harveys Supermarket on Arlington Road. 

    The truck Valentine was in was rented by a friend, Lendvay said. 

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    Police said the man identified himself to the officer, and authorities learned Valentine had an active warrant for sexual battery out of Leon County.

    Valentine was asked to get out of the truck, but officers said he refused and rolled up the windows of the truck.

    More officers arrived and continued to talk with him, asking him to exit the truck. Valentine reportedly locked himself in and did not comply.

    An officer then broke a window of the truck and used a Taser on Valentine, but it did not affect him, JSO said. 

    Two other windows were broken by officers, who used a Taser on Valentine again, but he still didn't comply. 

    JSO said an officer was able to open the driver's door of the truck and saw Valentine roll over toward the officers with a gun in his hand. Six officers fired, killing the suspect.

    The gun Valentine had was a .22-caliber and was loaded, Lendvay said. The gun was purchased by someone else in 2017. Inside the truck, investigators found marijuana and ammo from two guns.

    Lendvay said Valentine had been arrested 16 times in six jurisdictions in two states. The arrests ranged from driving offenses and battery to retail theft, gun charges and drug charges.

    The six officers involved in the shooting were:

    R.W. Beltz, 19 years with JSO
    M.S. Alumurung, 3 years with JSO
    DM Cochran, 4 years with JSO
    T.W. Hogan, 7 years with JSO
    J.E. Stillwell, 1 year with JSO
    N.L. Propper, 1 1/2 years with JSO

    It was the first officer-involved shooting for all the officers, and all of them were placed on administrative leave per JSO protocol. None of the officers was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.


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