Nassau County deputy seriously injured in shooting while traffic stops
Callahan, Florida. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: — A deputy in Nassau county was seriously injured Friday morning when he was shot during a traffic stop in Callahan.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 35-year-old man wanted in connection with the shooting. He is considered “armed and dangerous,” a spokeswoman for Mayor Patrick McDowell (pictured below) said. If you see it, you are asked to call the sheriff’s office at (904) 548-4000.
The sheriff’s office mistakenly posted another suspicious photo Friday morning, but clarified that the photo above is the man they’re looking for.
The deputy, who was injured multiple times, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville for life-threatening injuries. The deputy’s name and age have not yet been revealed.
Several Nassau County lawmakers were seen next to the sheriff’s office car outside the hospital Friday morning.
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Lieber has posted a tweet containing more photos of the suspected shooter, and is asking anyone who saw him to contact authorities as soon as possible.
Dennis Martin, who lives in the area where the shooting was reported, told News4Jax that she was sitting on her porch when she heard the first shots at about 2:45 a.m. After the barrage of shots, there was one last loud shot.
Martin said that five minutes later, a helicopter was seen in midair searching a wooded area outside the city. She stated that there is a residential area behind the railways outside the city.
Another person remained in the car with McDowell during a traffic stop at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and state patrol personnel were seen searching on 301 Americans near Higginbotham Road and Sandy Ford Road.
stalking affects schools
The sheriff’s office said that due to road closures, buses may not be able to pick up students from some of their usual stops. If you live in an area where police are searching, you will be asked to follow directions to keep students safe. If you are able to keep your child home from school on Friday, officials said, absences will be excused.
“We have sent a message to all of our families in the Callahan and Pressville area to let them know if they don’t come to school today, there will be an excused absence for them,” Nassau County Administrator Dr. Cathy Burns said in an interview on The Morning Show. “School is in session, and your students will be safe. We will have an adjusted closing schedule to start our school day, but our students are safe.”
Burns explained that the revised closing schedule means that students will not change classrooms for the first part of the day and the building and classroom doors will be closed.
“We have our officers on every campus this morning. We have extra staff on every campus. Our officers and our team members are there. Your students will be safe at school,” Burns said.
Officials warned that drop-off zones may also be delayed this morning. Parents asked to be patient.
“The buses may not be able to reach their stop this morning. They can contact our transportation officer at our district office. If their students are at the bus stops, we will try to get to them as soon as possible, but there are road closures due to this incident,” Burns said.
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