40-Year Old Suspect Killed In Cottage Hill Deputy Involved Shooting

November 15, 2020

A suspect was killed in a deputy involved shooting Saturday night in Cottage Hill.

About 9:30 p.m. deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office were serving an arrest warrant when the suspect attempted to flee in his vehicle. The incident happened at a house in the 2200 block of Handy Road, just off McKenzie Road.

“Deputies were positioned behind the truck when the suspect went in reverse, they quickly moved and the suspect began to drive forward towards the deputies, forcing deputies to fire to stop the suspect,” Amber Southard, spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, told NorthEscambia.com.

Jake Settle, 40, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

No deputies were injured.

As is standard procedure, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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51 Responses to “40-Year Old Suspect Killed In Cottage Hill Deputy Involved Shooting”

  1. Just curious on November 19th, 2020 6:55 am

    If he was driving TOWARD them then why was the bullet hole in the drivers window ??? Hmm

  2. Well on November 18th, 2020 9:40 pm

    @EARL LEE ROBERTS
    I DON’T SEE WHERE A LOT OF LIVE ONES WOULD DO ALL THAT GOOD EITHER.

  3. Jim Peckard on November 18th, 2020 6:35 am

    @TRANSPARENCY…The man’s character and his family’s spelling failures foreshadow a wasted life. If he was innocent he should have surrendered peacefully and fought the charges in court. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

  4. Transparency on November 17th, 2020 10:25 pm

    Most of you posting comments here are absolutely pathetic… Like criminal history, the way he treats his neighbor, his voter history, his family members’ lack of correctly spelling some words… ABSOLUTELY NONE of this pertains to if the shooting was justified… You clowns sure are quick with your verdict while having absolutely zero evidence to base an opinion… None of you were there… None of you have seen video of the encounter… Your malice opinions are moot but still vile on its face… You people are shameful and deranged… Seek only justice, whether for the officer or the individual’s life who was lost… Justice is not biased…

  5. Honest Abe on November 17th, 2020 3:52 pm

    I looked him up on Jail View. Arrested 6 times this year, 8 total. Charge from 2011 for cruelty towards a child. Most charges for drugs.

    I back the blue

  6. Jim Peckard on November 17th, 2020 6:19 am

    @FAMILY…The amount of misspellings in your rebuttal shows the level of stupidity that exists in your family. Get educated and stop making excuses for lawbreakers. Let this be a lesson for the fam.

  7. Me on November 17th, 2020 6:16 am

    Do not ask me you don’t want to know.

  8. Jim Peckard on November 17th, 2020 6:13 am

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  9. Stumpknocker on November 16th, 2020 10:54 pm

    It’s a bad decision he made that night, but he and she both knew they had warrants and could have just turned themselves in but chose not to. If you really want to know how much of a good neighbor he was just go ask the folks that live on that street.

  10. Matchbox on November 16th, 2020 8:53 pm

    A vehicle is a 2000 lb deadly weapon.

  11. Anonymous on November 16th, 2020 5:41 pm

    He knew what he was doing and didn’t think about his family while he was doing what he was doing. Feel bad for the family but sounds justified to me. You shoot the tires when someone is driving at you with the intention of doing harm….and we’ll see where that takes you. If he would’ve been headed for someone who WASN’T an officer, like your family member, would you still want them to use pepper spray or a taser…while he’s driving? No…so don’t act dumb.

  12. Whisperjet on November 16th, 2020 5:05 pm

    ….when you resist arrest , you are throwing the dice..

  13. Fish21 on November 16th, 2020 5:02 pm

    To Jake’s family, I am sorry for your loss. Now with that being said, he has a very long arrest record. 2011, aggravated stalking, cruelty to a child,. 2017, larceny, Feb 2020, resist arrest, moving traffic violation, March 2020, larceny, destroying evidence, April 2020 drug possession,drug equipment, June 2020, drugs again. None of the above are worth dying for, but he made the choice when they came to serve a warranty. If you do the crime, be prepared to serve your time.

  14. EARL LEE ROBERTS on November 16th, 2020 3:07 pm

    Dead people aren’t good witnesses.

  15. EARL LEE ROBERTS on November 16th, 2020 12:57 pm

    OMG no body cameras. Died people aren’t witnesses.

  16. courtney boyett on November 16th, 2020 12:41 pm

    hey to my family im so sorry keep ur head up I love yall so much yall can get throw this my prayer with u

  17. Sorry on November 16th, 2020 12:17 pm

    @family was the pepper spray or taser supposed to magically go through a closed window? I’m sorry someone lost their life, but once again he made a bad decision. A little more jail time wasn’t worth trying to run. And it had to be something he didn’t want to go away for.

  18. @Bill on November 16th, 2020 11:31 am

    @Bill, you will be waiting forever. ECSO currently does not wear bodycams.

  19. David on November 16th, 2020 11:01 am

    I have no opinion on the matter.
    I was not there.
    I am not a LEO.
    I am not a criminal law attorney .
    I am not in the judicial system.
    So with that being said…opinions like mine on the matter would be moot.
    I am not qualified to make any call on this issue.

  20. Colt on November 16th, 2020 10:57 am

    Rest easy uncle jake
    Fly high

  21. Family on November 16th, 2020 10:55 am

    To all that want to past judgement have no clue and the truth will be told the cop’s on seen could of shot tires out he was not driving towards anyone he would of hit his house. So this family has lost their father… Mother in jail over “failure to appear” and husban/father dead why? VOP for some dumn crap not over any vilent crime the man killed by cop’s could of done something beside shoot him why did they have tassers pepper spray anything but kill enasent man who work hard to provide for his family not a theaf killer child molester a loving father husband who did not deserve this justice needs to be survived for this family pain suffering and lost that could have been prevented

  22. For CK on November 16th, 2020 10:30 am

    CK, I have read your comments and I think you are ill informed. Please stop watching movies, they are not a true portrayal of life.
    1. Even if you shoot the tires, the person driving is still trying to run you over.
    2. A handgun is not going to stop a car.
    3. A gun is a deadly weapon, if you are going to shoot, you aim for where you have the greatest chance of hitting, which happens to be the torso.
    4. Arms and legs have a large artery in them and IF you hit the arm/leg you have a greater change of accidently hitting that and causing them to bleed to death.
    5 attempting to run someone over is a threat to life. a threat to life may be met with lethal force.
    6. Don’t break the law and you will not have to worry about “reforming the police”.
    7 many people think we need more police/law enforcement, not less.

  23. Bill on November 16th, 2020 8:11 am

    I challenge everyone here to wait until the body cam footage is released before forming an opinion.

  24. @transparency@RandyFoxhall on November 16th, 2020 3:01 am

    AMEN

  25. Truth on November 15th, 2020 8:58 pm

    Everyone has a view here always after the incident. I challenge everyone complaining about law enforcement to as for a ride along. I would like you to see the depravity we have to offer. These men an women who serve the community have to make decisions an seconds. The criminals who end up dead have usually had a life of crime and violence towards police. I wasn’t there I am not passing judgement until all facts are in. If you witnessed the event call the investigating department. Tell them what you saw. If you didn’t see anything keep your mouth shut. Law enforcement does need reform. But you can not expect this to change over night. You also have to teach your children respect the authority of the badge. File a complaint later. Do not make the incident worse. Just maybe by doing so you will go home instead of going to jail or end up dead. If you would just teach respect and keep your mouth shut. There is plenty of blame to go around. Had he not had a warrant the Sheriff would not have been there. Remember that f you break the the law the law will come for you.

  26. Randy Foxhall on November 15th, 2020 8:13 pm

    Sorry for this man’s family! I support our men and women that serve and protect us daily. I have many family members that are in law enforcement and it is a very difficult job. It is sad that a life was lost in this incident but when bad choices are made and performed this unfortunately is the outcome on some cases.

  27. Transparency on November 15th, 2020 7:23 pm

    I like how most here are so quick to say justified solely based on a vague press release from the sheriffs office.. @Bring it on, your comment is super concerning rooting on this unfortunate incident whether justified or not… Hopefully there is body camera footage of the warrant being served so we as a community can have real clarification… I support our LEO when rightfully upholding their oath to serve and protect… Believe it or not there are plenty of unjustified police shootings in our country on record… Body camera footage could bring this conversation to a conclusion… I root for justification regardless of which side it may fall… I root for transparency…

  28. Tabby on November 15th, 2020 7:05 pm

    I support LEO 100%. That being said, you people are fools who think they don’t use a criminals actions against them to do what they want. I’m all for it. But let’s just call it what it is. Bring back the good ol days when they could put boots on folks to keep em in line. The days of say, Nolan Booker.

  29. Ck on November 15th, 2020 6:42 pm

    Everyone is so insensitive and this is why the world is the way it is. Yes he shouldn’t have tried to run the officers over but the police don’t even have their story straight. & cops shouldn’t be taught shoot to kill, they could have shot his tires out or shot him in an area that wouldn’t kill him. Someone still lost their husband, dad, brother and son. No matter what he did he still has a family that loved him and cared about him. If you don’t know what happened stay out of it, and just pray for his family.
    The police needs to be reformed.

  30. James Dennis on November 15th, 2020 6:12 pm

    Tammy, I will forward your claim to the prosecutor and sheriff department. They need witnesses I will let them know you have information and want to testify.

  31. A Alex on November 15th, 2020 5:24 pm

    Tammy, you didn’t read the part it moved in REVERSE.

  32. Big Red on November 15th, 2020 5:18 pm

    @ Tammy. Amen. If he followed directions he wouldn’t lost his life. He made that choice. Again play stupid games you win stupid prizes.

  33. Celek on November 15th, 2020 4:21 pm

    Tammy, so you were there and have a video that proves that “this is false information, the vehicle was not moved.” as you say. I’m thinking you don’t.

  34. @tammy on November 15th, 2020 4:18 pm

    Tammy it sounds like your witness statement needs to be turned in to either the sheriff’s office or to Florida department of law enforcement. If you know any other pertinent facts to this case you need to contact the appropriate people.

  35. Tammy Leckenby on November 15th, 2020 1:27 pm

    this is false information, the vehicle was not moved. If the vehicle would’ve charged forward to hit the officer it would’ve hit a house. the children in this lost their father and will never see him again. regardless of the reason there is no sense in a life being lost.

  36. fisherman on November 15th, 2020 1:10 pm

    @John
    The suspect made his choice and it cost him his life and you want to some how blame the deputies. John you need to do a week long ride along with a deputy and it will change your attitude toward them.

  37. What? on November 15th, 2020 11:03 am

    The man tried to run over deputies. Are you people crazy? The deputies absolutely did the right thing. What kind of fantasy land are you living in? Way to go ECSO, this is why I support you. You keep these people away from my family.

  38. A Alex on November 15th, 2020 10:21 am

    Jail is living
    Dead is dead
    More of a notch on guilt of doing their job correctly. Doubt any notches would be on a gun here

  39. K. in Cantonment on November 15th, 2020 9:59 am

    This is not the officers fault, he had a warrant, tried to run over them. He should of just went to jail and did his time for his crime. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  40. Marie on November 15th, 2020 9:37 am

    It must have been a warrant for something really bad! It’s a shame of what happened, but if it was a warrant for something minor like a misdemeanor he should have let them arrest him. Life matters regardless!

  41. Steve on November 15th, 2020 9:33 am

    John what do you mean with “Another notch on the stock”?
    The guy knew he had warrants and tried to run over people to get away.
    Cops are people that do a job that very few want to do or even have the mental strength to do.
    The guy could have just went to jail AND possibly fix his issues that cause him to be ordered by a judge to be put in jail….

    Time in jail can be served and done and over with, being stuck in a pine box and lowered in the ground is permanent…

  42. Chris on November 15th, 2020 9:26 am

    @John—Shut your piehole, snowflake

    Thank you ECSO for saving us the financial burden of supporting this scum while he would have been in jail.

  43. Sara Morris on November 15th, 2020 9:04 am

    They used deadly force when they coulda got out of the way. What happened to a fair trail by a jury of your peers? They couldn’t shoot a tire out? Police officers dont have an automatic right to choose who goes to trail and who they put to death.

  44. JTV on November 15th, 2020 8:44 am

    Taking out the trash.
    Prayers to the deputy that has to live with the horror of having to kill someone trying to kill him.

  45. Rick on November 15th, 2020 8:31 am

    They did their jobs and did it well. You use force against our deputies they’re going to respond with the necessary force to protect their lives. I’m sorry for the mans family having to deal with this but he got killed because he made bad choices. First the warrant and then this incident. Good job to our sheriffs office personnel, you did a good job and we are proud to have you all protecting us

  46. Well on November 15th, 2020 8:04 am

    @John
    It’s as simple as follow directions.

  47. SORRY on November 15th, 2020 7:50 am

    I’m sorry that it came to this, but when you play stupid games you win stupid prizes. If someone was trying to run you over you would do what it takes to protect yourself. Nothing could have been worth running and trying to hit someone with your truck. He could have just gone to jail and this would not have happened. I feel bad for the family, but it was a choice HE made. He wasn’t thinking of his family only himself when he did this. No one can blame ECSO for doing what any of us would have done to keep from being injured or killed ourselves.

  48. dbrown on November 15th, 2020 7:42 am

    come on man you cant just try to run over the police sorry abt the death to the family but a little jail time is better than what you put these familes thur the new jail is almost done its got to be better than death To all just pull over you know can shot

  49. BRING IT ON on November 15th, 2020 7:25 am

    Way to go Sheriff Department.

  50. Jeannie on November 15th, 2020 6:49 am

    So sad for his family!

  51. Michelle on November 15th, 2020 4:32 am

    Well he knew there was a warrant for his arrest and tried to flee in his vehicle in the direction of the deputies, what did he think was going to happen ? It’s the choice he made !!





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