Jacksonville officers injured in shootout with suspect

Jacksonville officers injured in shootout with suspect

Jacksonville officers injured in shootout with suspect

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office held a press conference Saturday, updating the condition of the two officers who were injured in a shootout Friday night on the Westside. As they approached the house, the suspect, 25-year-old Derrick Brabham, began shooting at the officers with an M&P Semi Automatic.223 high-powered rifle and an exchange of gunfire ensued, police said.

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According to the Sheriff, seven officers arrived at the home and as they planned an approach they witnessed a man and woman out front in an argument.

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"I'm happy they're still with us and I hope they recover", said Williams who thanked the law enforcement community for the outpouring of support.

Four to five officers responded to the home and were attempting to make entry into the house. The man with the rifle was also shot in the exchange of gunfire and is reported to have died from his injuries.

During the shootout, Bruno said, two officers were hit with rounds from the high-powered rifle fired by the suspect.

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One of the officers was shot in the head at close range, a source told WKMG-TV.

"We have a violent, alcohol-fueled domestic incident", said Williams. "They knew as they were approaching that house the seriousness of this, and (they) didn't flinch". "Tonight those dangers are all too real for those officers. And yet they moved forward to meet their commitment".

The Sheriff's Office has blocked off a portion of Seaboard Avenue off Timuquana Road, with police officers, investigators, forensic units and the mobile command center on scene.

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Kissimmee is about 23 miles (37.01 kilometers) south of Orlando.

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