Questions remain, sheriff remains silent after Clay County deputies kill person after car chase
CLAY COUNTY, Florida. – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office declined to answer questions Thursday after deputies shot and killed someone Wednesday night in Orange Park following a car chase.
Videos from News4JAX viewers show the end of a chase and the moment deputies opened fire.
News4JAX tried to get Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook to answer basic questions about the shooting Thursday afternoon, but she wouldn’t comment, citing an ongoing investigation by the Florida Department of Law. Enforcement.
So for the moment, it is not known why these deputies shot and killed the person in the car and why the pursuit began. All we need are the videos sent to News4JAX by witnesses.
In one of the videos, you can hear Clay County deputies yelling at the car saying “let me see it” twice before several shots are fired. It is unclear how many deputies fired shots.
The person recording the video then runs back to the gas station on Blanding Boulevard. Then you hear what sounds like deputies yelling at them telling them to leave.
From another angle, a Clay County resident’s dash cam shows flashing lights driving down Blanding Boulevard.
The car fleeing the deputies can be seen dashing between two other cars to pass before the deputies use a PIT maneuver to stop the car.
News4JAX spoke to the man who sent us this video.
“We know it’s a crazy world today, so anything can happen, so like I said, I did it again,” the resident said. “We were scared enough. We started backing off just in case.
Then you can hear 18-20 gunshots.
“It was quite scary. I was pretty sure someone had been hurt. My wife is still pretty shaken up,” the resident said.
Sheriff Cook said the pursuit began after the agency received a call from Orange Park. This led to a chase and then the fatal shootout.
But it’s still unclear what the call was about, why the chase started and why deputies killed the person driving. The identity of the person killed, and the deputies involved, are also unknown.
News4JAX attempted to ask Sheriff Cook for these details while she was at another event on Thursday.
“Any comment from you on the shooting last night?” Bases ? News4JAX asked.
“No ma’am. No ma’am,” Cook replied.
At a brief press conference on Wednesday evening, Cook said there was no threat to the community and that several MPs were involved. News4JAX asked the sheriff’s office how many officers were on administrative leave, but declined to comment.
After this story was published, Cook posted a video on her personal Facebook page, in which she spoke about the investigating FDLE.
“As a commitment to this community and our members, we call on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the shootings, and truly once it happens, the responsibility to update the information falls to them for several reasons. One, they do the investigation, and two, as the head of the organization, I want to make sure that this investigation is completely and completely transparent and thoroughly conducted, and I don’t want to weigh anything, you know, our members and our community deserve to let the facts lead where they can, and I am very confident and comfortable in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement,” Cook said.
News4JAX reached out to FDLE with our questions, it released this statement: “At the request of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, FDLE is investigating the Orange Park officer involved in Wednesday’s shooting. Our business is active. Officers continue to conduct interviews and review evidence.
News4JAX records show that in the past three years, this is the fifth time Clay County deputies have shot someone, and in all of those shootings, including the Wednesday night incident, no deputies was not injured.
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