Witness says shooting involving Jacksonville officer, suspect was 'wild and crazy'

K9 officer shot while chasing bank robber

Bryan Lumsden said he was outside when he saw the chase between the Jacksonville sheriff's officer and a suspect come to an end on Tuesday afternoon on the Westside.

"It was wild, it was just wild and crazy," Lumsden said.

It was just one of the crime scenes after police said bank robbery suspect Michael Joseph Harris led officers on a chase, changed vehicles and crashed into a JSO K-9 Unit.

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"When they wrecked, the people jumped out and all kind of police were coming after them," Lumsden said.

Then he said he heard at least four gunshots.

“That just brought me out and made me go into protect mode," Lumsden said.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Officer Jeremy Mason was shot in the face and Harris was shot and killed.

"Jacksonville, we have to wake up," neighbor, Evan Harris said.

Three streets over on Firetower Road, the suspect’s other vehicle was found.

Harris said his 8-year-old daughter saw several police officers swarm the area when she looked out the window.

"It's beyond crazy to come home from hard days of work and have my daughter be terrified of ropes around," Harris said.

Two crime scene units were next to the SUV that detectives were searching.

Harris said he plans to use Tuesday’s shooting to teach his kids a lesson.

"We have to teach them that violence is not the key, we have to get away from this violence," Harris said.

As of late Tuesday night, Mason was in stable condition and is expected to be OK.