New information has emerged from recent body camera footage regarding a tragic event in Jacksonville. The incident involved a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officer and an assault suspect named Juan L. Johnson, aged 29.
This occurrence took place on Sunday, August 6, in the Lake Forest neighborhood. Regrettably, Johnson passed away due to the gunshot wounds he sustained during the encounter.
Preliminary reports suggest that Johnson was a suspect in a prior stabbing incident that involved both an individual and a dog. The newly obtained footage depicts a tense confrontation between Johnson and the police officer.
Despite the officer’s attempt to use a Taser, it proved ineffective, leading Johnson to respond by throwing a metal bucket at the officer. The impact of the bucket caused injury to the officer, compelling him to use his firearm and shoot Johnson in the chest.
The video footage aligns with the ongoing investigations, providing confirmation of the officer’s use of lethal force. Notably, the video illustrates that the officer initially sought to utilize non-lethal means.
Further investigations have substantiated Johnson’s criminal history, which includes a conviction for assaulting a pregnant woman. Remarkably, this incident marks the ninth reported officer-involved shooting in Jacksonville this year.