JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A man died after shooting a Jacksonville police officer and law enforcement officials during a 20-mile chase Sunday night before jumping off the Dames Point Bridge, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said it began with an attempted burglary around 10.50pm at a house on Old Middleburg Road. When officers arrived, a man ambushed them, firing multiple bullets and striking one of the officers in the back, JSO said. The sheriff’s office said one of the officers returned fire, but in the hours that followed it was unclear if the man had been hit.

Some neighbors told News4JAX they heard about five gunshots. One said he heard a gunshot shortly before 11 p.m., then about a minute later he heard more gunshots, prompting them to hide in the back of their house.

According to JSO, the man drove off in a car he had “essentially stolen” from the house he was attempting to rob, then shot officers again.

Officers said the man led them on a chase until he crashed into a median on the Dames Point Bridge, got out of the car and jumped into the river, where he was seen swimming a bit before sinking. Police closed the bridge for several hours, but it has since reopened.

According to JSO, blood was found in the car.

JSO posted this photo of the gun. (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

Police said they found the man’s body around 3 a.m. and the weapon used in the incident was recovered from the nearby river bed. On Monday afternoon, JSO identified him as 37-year-old Charlie Brown.

The officer who was shot was taken to hospital for evaluation but was released with severe bruising. JSO said the body armor the officer was wearing may have saved his life.

The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

Investigators say people were at home during the attempted burglary at the Hunters Lake subdivision, and those people knew the man.

At the scene Monday in the housing estate, markers of evidence could be seen, as well as litter strewn in front of the house. The front door appears to have been hit by gunfire. A car in the driveway appeared to have bullet holes on both sides and all four tires on the car were flat.

Neighbors have expressed their concerns.

“It’s, you know, sad,” said a neighbor. “It’s really heartbreaking to hear that.”

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a man died after shooting a Jacksonville police officer and law enforcement officials during a 20-mile chase Sunday night before jumping off the Dames Point Bridge.

News4JAX spoke with a woman who has lived in the area for two decades. The resident, who lives a few houses away, knows the family who live inside the Old Middleburg Road house. She said her grandchildren used to play with the children living there.

The neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was shocked when she heard what had happened.

“We kind of knew something happened late last night when we saw all the commotion with the cops and stuff when we saw all the lights in the neighborhood. When I heard about this morning at news, I was like, ‘Wow,'” she said.

JSO’s crime map shows a few issues in the surrounding area since April, going as far back as it indicates: a burglary at an unoccupied structure, a vehicle burglary, and an incident involving possession, vandalism, and a concealed weapon.

News4JAX has learned that Charlie Brown’s only local arrest was in 2012, when he was arrested on warrant in South Carolina. It is unclear what the charge was. But court records show he was arrested in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, for domestic assault. He was sentenced to five years in prison and was released in April. He was still on probation.

Officials said there was an attempted break-in to a house on Old Middleburg Road around 10:50 p.m. When officers arrived, someone fired at them, hitting an officer and then stealing a car.

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