Chase Ends With Suspect Dead After Officer Involved Shooting

November 30, 2020

A wanted felon was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon in Pensacola.

It happened near the intersection of Ninth and Langley avenues after a vehicle pursuit after the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office received a request from a bail bondsman for assistance in arresting someone with several local felony warrants, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.  Deputies began to pursue the suspect in the area of 9th Avenue and Bayou Boulevard, near Target.

“The suspect exited the vehicle with a firearm in his hand, ran toward the small business area over there with our officers in foot pursuit,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said at the scene. “He turned with a weapon in his hands toward the officers. That’s when gunfire was exchanged, and the individual is deceased.” The suspect was shot just outside a small business called the Pensacola Ballroom, which was damaged in the shooting

There were no injuries to officers or the general public in the pursuit or in the shooting.

ECSO Chief Deputy Chip Simmons he could not  release the name of the suspect at this time, but said the man  had a “slew of felony warrants to include robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault”.  Simmons said three deputies fired their weapons.

The Pensacola Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol assisted.

“They attempted two different PIT maneuvers, which is a maneuver where you attempt to hit the rear of the vehicle to spin them around to get the vehicle to stop. Both of those failed,” the sheriff stated.

The incident  is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is standard procedure in any officer involved shooting.


33 Responses to “Chase Ends With Suspect Dead After Officer Involved Shooting”

  1. Second amendment on December 4th, 2020 6:18 am

    Buy your comment alone it shows you have never fired a weapon. And if you have not at a moving target and under stress. It’s not like TV ma’am. Get off the couch and out to a gun range….bet you can’t hit center mass of a stationary target.

  2. SueB on December 3rd, 2020 3:33 pm

    Fire enough bullets and hope you hit the target? All officers doing the shooting need to go back to learn how to use one bullet to hit the moving target.

  3. No one @ Stumpknocker on December 3rd, 2020 12:56 pm

    Having sat through multiple Emergency Vehicle Operations (Evoc) courses, I can say that you are responsible for the actions of your vehicle. If you initiate contact with another vehicle and it hits a bystander, it’s on you. If it hits another car, it’s on you.

    As someone who has a CCW, every round you fire, you are responsible for. If it causes damages, you are paying for it. If it goes through the target and strikes an innocent, you are going down for that.

    Though I agree the guy needed to be off the streets, I think this should have happened in a less populated place.

  4. MR REALITY on December 3rd, 2020 9:51 am

    each of the 3 deputies who handled business, should get a key to the city!!!!

  5. MR REALITY on December 3rd, 2020 9:50 am

    Rufus…If you would open your HEAD before you open your MOUTH….THIS AREA IS IN THE COUNTY….DUH

  6. Bring them on on December 3rd, 2020 12:54 am

    Im with the few who brought it up. More cops, less criminals. I want cops around, all the time. I like to know they are out in force and keeping criminals at bay, especially around my home. I dont worry about getting stopped because neither I nor my wife are criminals. I get pulled over some times but, you know, if I get pulled over I earned it. Never had a issue with them in the past. Maybe Chip will be able to get more uniforms on the street.

  7. Stumpknocker on December 2nd, 2020 10:44 pm

    @ No one on, you don’t have the first clue of what you talking about, please sit down. This was a bad individual who should have been still in prison, just like the guy in century’s homicide, thank the courts for allowing this to happen, it’s a new way they practice, just reform from the bench.

  8. Dean on December 2nd, 2020 6:42 pm

    Good job and thankyou to the brave police officers that risk their lives to keep those kind off the streets! Now if the prisons would turn off the ac and the heat and serve them roadkill slop soup everyday and bring back the chain gang labor force they may try harder to behave!

  9. Kurtkokayne on December 2nd, 2020 2:52 pm

    Y’all took one of mine. This ain’t what you want

  10. No one on December 2nd, 2020 9:58 am

    I would like to point out that they decided to initiate contact and do a PIT maneuver in one of the busiest areas in Pensacola. The resulting investigation blocked a major intersection for hours. This blocked the norther access to one of the 2 Trauma Centers in the area.

    Maybe initiate your ambush in an area a little less populated?

    I have no problem with what happened or how it was done. The when and where there? The risk posed to the public outweighed the risk this individual posed.

  11. Thomas B on December 2nd, 2020 4:01 am

    @R because the State Troopers investigate all vehicle accidents in the unincorporated parts of the county (i.e. Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction). It isn’t that was in all Florida counties but the majority. Municipal police departments (i.e. Pensacola Police) traditionally investigate their own.

  12. R on December 1st, 2020 7:04 pm

    Ninth, Langley, and Tippin has an interesting government jurisdiction for parts of that three-way intersection is in the city and the rest is in the county, and many of the vehicle accidents are investigated by State Police. Just Saying…

  13. Lamar on December 1st, 2020 1:35 pm

    I was stopped at the traffic light on Airport and 9th when this was happening. The sheriff and deputies were only doing their jobs. I don’t
    imagine any thought of personal publicity went through their minds during this time
    of crisis. Some people will always have a beef with law enforcement and are quick to criticize and complain, but that is an indication of their character, not our ECSD who put their lives on the line each day, I am proud of our ECSD and the job they do. Being stupid cannot be fixed…and in this case, even duct tape wouldn’t help. Jus’ sayn’

  14. Bewildered on December 1st, 2020 12:46 pm

    Right on Charlotte Schwartz. Some comments make you wonder if people rather see a police officer killed than a criminal.

  15. BT on December 1st, 2020 12:24 pm

    I’m not sure why this is controversial. A felon with a weapon was shot in an apparently justified manner.

    That being said, there was a loss of life that should be acknowledged, but shouldn’t be celebrated.

  16. CHARLOTTE SCHWARTZ on December 1st, 2020 10:47 am

    Some of you people just nit pick stuff. As long as the cops showed up who cares who has jurisdiction. The bad guy lost and the public is save, end of story

  17. AC on December 1st, 2020 9:30 am

    If there is a dangerous criminal, as this fellow certainly was, in my neighborhood; then I want as many cops as will to show up to take the guy down. I don’t care if it’s six, sixty, or six hundred; the more the better in my opinion. All of these comments (not just on this story) about “why does it take so many officers to get one bad guy” is lame. No! I want the good guys to show up en masse! Thank you ECSO for doing a job that no matter what you do some people will still complain.

  18. Niknak50 on December 1st, 2020 8:55 am

    You notice in the comment section there is always one sympathizer for the worst of criminals. Their comments are always about how many leos it took to do the job, how some official with the dept just wants press coverage.
    I am thankful this thugs career came to an end. Sypathizers never

  19. Thomas B on December 1st, 2020 4:18 am

    There weren’t 6 vehicles during the incident Susan, the picture was taken some amount of time later.

  20. Thomas B on December 1st, 2020 4:15 am

    @Rufus Lowgun and Facetious Bob,

    Regardless of what kind of road it is, a County Deputy Sheriff has jurisdiction ANYWHERE within the county, including city or state roads within their respective county. A Deputy Sheriff can write you a traffic ticket anywhere in the county and obviously arrest you for misdemeanors and Felonies.

    A City Police Officer has jurisdiction anywhere within their city limits, also regardless of what type of road it is. Unless the Officer has a Commission Card by the Sheriff of their respective county, a Police Officer is limited to within their jurisdiction.

    A State Trooper has jurisdiction anywhere within the state including within any city or county and can write you a traffic ticket regardless of what type of roadway. A Trooper can affect an arrest for any misdemeanor or felony within the entire state.

    With all of that being said, that’s what they have the authority to do but that isn’t the common practice. Additionally, when dealing with private roads (usually with gated communities/subdivisions or where a community has roads that aren’t maintained by the city or county) things get a bit grey. In those cases, law enforcement cannot enforce traffic laws, only criminal laws. So if your subdivision has a sign which states “Private Road” or “End County Maintenance” then law enforcement cannot enforce traffic regulations. Speeding issues, parking issues, or other traffic issues will then become an HOA or management issue. If an officer shows up, they may not know that part of the law or missed the sign. Don’t become confused with criminal law though. Regardless of your signage, criminal law can still be enforced, including local ordinances.

  21. Susan on December 1st, 2020 2:07 am

    Good thing this shoot out on a bondsman’s errand was not in a heavily populated area…….. oh wait, it was? You got 6 police vehicles at least. 1 felon. Very fortunate no civilians were injured. Apparently the building is shot up good. Well it’s good to get out in front with the press, Chip.

  22. sueb on December 1st, 2020 1:36 am

    Good job! Proud of all the officers. The bail bondsman did a good job finding the person. The judge should be fired letting the guy out on bail!

  23. Facetious Bob on November 30th, 2020 10:44 pm

    @ Rufus Lowgun – Just to befuddle your wonderment, this incident happened on a state road. Not a city street or a county road.

  24. John on November 30th, 2020 10:29 pm

    Rufus; Escambia has jurisdiction for the entire county, PPD is the on that is limited in its coverage outside city limits.

  25. A Alex on November 30th, 2020 9:52 pm

    Do da crime
    Do da time
    If you run
    You’ r dun

  26. Dragon on November 30th, 2020 9:37 pm

    “They attempted two different PIT maneuvers, which is a maneuver where you attempt to hit the rear of the vehicle to spin them around to get the vehicle to stop. Both of those failed,” the sheriff stated.
    NHTSA began mandating electronic stability control (ESC) on new cars in 2012. Some research shows PIT maneuvers are likely to fail when the target vehicle is equipped with ESC.

  27. Caraway on November 30th, 2020 8:22 pm

    I’m sure this is just another innocent victim of police brutality who was on his way to church.

  28. Rufus Lowgun on November 30th, 2020 8:10 pm

    Is 9th and Bayou in the Pensacola city limits? Wondering why ECSO would take the lead if it was PPD jurisdiction.

  29. phillip on November 30th, 2020 7:48 pm

    good work!

  30. JTV on November 30th, 2020 6:19 pm

    Taking out the trash

  31. RC on November 30th, 2020 6:06 pm

    Thank God no officers or bystanders were hit!

  32. Chris on November 30th, 2020 5:58 pm

    I didn’t know the suspect’s name before he was shot and killed and I have no use for it now. Sorry, not sorry. Play stupid games and win stupid prizes.

  33. Shaking My Head on November 30th, 2020 5:54 pm

    People have just gone completely insane.

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