JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officer shot and killed an allegedly armed suspect Friday night during a pursuit through a residential neighborhood.
JSO Chief Tom Hackney said Homer Ken Warren, 21, turned a pointed a gun at an officer during a pursuit near the intersection of 23rd and Division streets in the Grand Park area.
Officer Matthew Bolan fired his weapon several times at Warren and struck him in the torso. Warren later died at UF Health.
Hackney said Bolan was near the intersection of Moncrief Road and MLK Jr. Boulevard investigating an abandoned car about 6:30 p.m. when he saw a car drive by that matched the description of one involved in a carjacking Thursday night.
Bolan followed the car carrying three men, Hackney said.
After a short pursuit, the officer stopped the vehicle and the three people inside fled.
Two of the suspects, including Warren, ran into a nearby backyard. Warren had a chrome handgun and turned to point it at Bolan, Hackney said. Bolan, a 13 year veteran of JSO, fired at Warren. The second suspect, 25-year-old Terrence Clark, surrendered. The third suspect is still at large and Clark has not provided JSO with any description information, Hackney said. According to the JSO Incident Report, Bolan gave verbal commands that were ignored by Warren.
Bolan is on administrative leave per department policy.
Hackney said the car driven by the suspects was hijacked on Calvin Street by two unidentified men Thursday. The abandoned car initially being investigated by Bolan was stolen during a home invasion on Sanchez Road Friday afternoon. JSO does not know if any of the suspects involved in the incident Friday night were involved in the hijacking or the home invasion.
The State Attorney's Office is investigating to determine if the use of deadly force was justifiable.