JSO: Suspect ‘high on drugs, armed with knives’ killed in officer-involved shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — UPDATE: The suspect involved in the Officer-involved shooting has been identified as 41-year-old Bobby Hames Brown.

Original story below:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has reported a man is dead after he was shot by a Jacksonville sheriff’s officer. JSO says the officer had to use force because the suspect was holding multiple knives. I was on the scene as the investigation unraveled.

A JSO detective tells me that witnesses and neighbors called 911 after they saw a man high off drugs, banging on their doors as early as 4 a.m. today. The incident happened on the 2300 block of Grunthal Street.

When cops pulled up, they found out the suspect had gotten inside one of the homes. It turned out that the people inside that apartment were family.


“He made threats to harm everyone, to harm himself. He apparently hid some drugs and other paraphernalia in the house,” says a JSO detective.

Officers got everyone in the house out safely but the suspect who hasn’t been identified yet locked himself in a bathroom. After 45 to 60 minutes, he came out still holding the knives. Officers then used a Taser stun gun on him.

“And also, an officer fired a single gunshot,” says a JSO detective.

The suspect got medical attention and then was driven to a local hospital, where he died.

“The officer who fired the shot is on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.”

We are still working to learn more about whether the officer who used a Taser on the suspect is the same officer who fired the shot.

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