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    Officers Shot, Killed 31-Year-Old, Accidentally Shot 2-Year-Old Boy

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified the man shot and killed by officers Friday as he tried to get away after robbing a Baymeadows bank, then carjacking a family waiting in the Wendy's drive-through line.

    Five officers fired 42 shots at 31-year-old Jeremiah Mathis as he tried to drive away with a woman and her two children in the car. Mathis died at the scene; the woman and her 2-year-old son were hit by police gunfire.

    The boy, Daniel Crichton, remains in critical condition at Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center.

    Daniel's mother, who was driving the car, was shot in the foot. She underwent surgery on Saturday and is listed in fair condition.

    Police said Mathis robbed a Wachovia Bank on Baymeadows Road and was being pursued by officers as he ran through several parking lots.

    Sheriff John Rutherford said a nearby officer heard Mathis say, "I'm going to kill you," though it was unclear if he was talking to the woman driving the car or the officer.

    Rutherford said that's when the officer shot at Mathis.

    Police said Mathis, of Utica, N.Y., has prior arrests in New York on criminal possession of a controlled substance and robbery. He was in prison from November 1996 to June 1998, and again from September 2007 to AThe Jacksonville branch of the NAACP is calling for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to use an independent group to review police-involved shootings. Currently, JSO and the state attorney's office are conducting an internal investigation.

    Monday morning, the NAACP's Jacksonville branch President Isaiah Rumlin issued the following statement:

    "The Jacksonville branch of the NAACP extends its most heartfelt thoughts and prayers towards the Crichton and Cooper families involved in the March 29, 2010, police shooting. We request that thorough and extensive investigations be conducted to evaluate the actions of all parties. It is a massive concern of this branch and our members that such action was taken. The Jacksonville branch of the NAACP does not support any type of illegal action by any individual or any agency. We reemphasize the need for an independent body (separate from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies) to determine the necessity of such actions and to make unbiased conclusions based on facts presented from all sides. Our goal is to promote complete transparency and public trust of this investigative process.

    This is another example for the need of an independent organization to investigate these types of shootings."

    Nelson Cuba, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he knows that questions are swirling about what led police to use such a show of force. He said he's looking for answers as well.

    "It's tough on everybody," Cuba said. "It's tough on all the officers out on the street. Our concern right now is for the family of that child. Each situation is different. In this instance, you have an individual that just robbed a bank and committed a carjacking. You don't train for any such thing. We go though a lot of training, but there is no possible way you can train for every single incident you encounter on the street."

    Baymeadows Bank Robbery Suspect ID'd - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville

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    42 shots. That is 8.4 bullets per cop average. I wonder if they had .45acp's?
    We don't know what really happened.
    My heart goes out to the woman, and child who were hit by the cops bullets.
    Good riddance to the scum bag perp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    42 shots. That is 8.4 bullets per cop average. I wonder if they had .45acp's?
    We don't know what really happened.
    My heart goes out to the woman, and child who were hit by the cops bullets.
    Good riddance to the scum bag perp.
    +1! Another "dirt bag takes a dirt nap"!!

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    I'm a little torn on this one..........did the LEOs know the car had the woman and the 2 y/o in it or were they more interested in nailing the perp? I picture a bad hollywood shootout scene.......
    I see a huge lawsuit by the woman. of course if she had a permit and was carrying maybe she could have stopped the guy in the first place!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    I'm a little torn on this one..........did the LEOs know the car had the woman and the 2 y/o in it or were they more interested in nailing the perp? I picture a bad hollywood shootout scene.......
    I see a huge lawsuit by the woman. of course if she had a permit and was carrying maybe she could have stopped the guy in the first place!!
    A nap for the robber is in line, but the mother/child has me concerned, or was mother the getaway driver? Too many questions.
    Semper Fi

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  8. Jax Sheriffs Office carries Glocks chambered in 40 cal. S&W. According to the last reports I saw stated the suspect was attempting to car Jack the car while it was # 1 in a Wendy's drive thru. There is no other link to the suspect and the woman. I have a hard time believing they were aware of the children in the back seat of the car. I would never assume to second guess these LEO's while they are putting themselves in harms way. I left Jax 7 years ago which was where I was born due to the off the chain crime. My Brother is still there and a member of the JSO standing his place in the Thin Blue Line. I had a CCW the first year Florida offered them but I left since the schools were not for man or beast and having to maintain maximum awareness is a fatiguing way to live.

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    This sounds like a stake out? Five on scene officers right there?
    Shots were fired as he tried to car jack Lady driver, the two year old would have been in a car seat, invisible to Officers most likely.

    That flurry of shots would have taken place in a time span of less than ten seconds.

    Hard to fault the Police in this scenario.
    I wonder how the little boy is now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse View Post
    I wonder how the little boy is now?
    Tons of articles and information available at the following link:
    Mom: Boy Shot By Police Recovering - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville

    "Cooper said Daniel has taken a turn for the better. She said he has just started opening his eyes, and she thinks he's able to recognize her.

    Cooper said her son is in and out of sleep and still breathing with the help of a respirator."

  11. Poor kid.

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