Port St. Joe Residents Describe What They Saw in Officer Involved Shooting

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One man is dead and an officer has been placed on administrative leave following a shooting earlier Sunday afternoon.

It happened in a Port St. Joe neighborhood.

Witnesses watched the entire incident unfold.

My first instinct was to get the kids to safety, you know it felt like, uh, I knew something was wrong, said Patrick Jones who was in his backyard around 2 p.m. Sunday when his quiet afternoon was disrupted by sirens and car crash right outside his home.

Curious he went out front to see what the commotion was all about. 

The guy in the truck right here, he got out. He had to be cooperating or, I didn’t see no weapon or anything and they just start shooting.

The entire neighborhood alerted to the gunfire and watched the events unfold.

Based on what we know now, we do have an officer involved shooting here, resulting in the death of a white male from Tennessee, said Gulf County Sheriff, Mike Harrison.

Authorities say the victim who was driving the car was being chased by law enforcement in a high-speed pursuit.

A pursuit that began in Bay County and ended on Avenue A in Port St. Joe. The suspect died at the scene.

Witnesses say the man looked unarmed, and they don’t know why officers fired their weapons. 

They told him to get out, he got out, but he had his hands up. So, therefore they could see he was not armed. That’s when they shot him like a dog, said Brenda Blue, a witness to the incident.

The man killed has yet to be identified but residents worry they could have been caught in the crossfire.

They had no consideration for me, my kids, or none of that because we could have got killed. We could have got shot.

Thankfully, no one else was injured in the shooting.

Gulf County Sheriff, Mike Harrison, says the investigation is being handled by FDLE and is ongoing. 
We’re just thankful the officer is okay. Things like this happen in the job that we do and we’ll get to the bottom of it.
 

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