GUN Officer recovering from gunshot to mouth; 20-year-old charged

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    Officer recovering from gunshot to mouth; 20-year-old charged





    By JIM SCHOETTLER and BRIDGET MURPHY, The Times-Union


    A Jacksonville police officer was shot in the mouth late Sunday night by a man who he then shot and other officers later arrested, Undersheriff Frank Mackesy said.
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    A JSO officer was shot near the corner of 24th St. and Haines St. late Sunday night. A short time later a man was placed in an ambulance at the corner of 26th St. and Haines St. He was taken to the hospital by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue personnel. Officer Nicholas Rodgers remains in Shands Jacksonville where the hospital said he's in critical condition. Michael Nathianiel "Tater" Dunbar, 20, was shot in the leg and has been charged with attempted felony murder, resisting an officer with violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Dunbar had gotten out of jail less than a year ago for a 2006 sale or delivery of cocaine conviction.
    The gun battle followed one of the most violent days in recent memory in the city, when four people were found dead in three separate incidents and a teen was shot by police after they said he fired at them.
    Sunday night's shooting occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m. at 24th and Haines streets on the Eastside. Mackesy said Rodgers and officers in two other cars had gone into the neighborhood to answer a report of a suspicious person, possibly armed. They spotted a man sitting on a street corner and when Rodgers got out to question him, the man began to flee.
    Rodgers caught up with the man and they began to struggle. The man then broke away and as he was being chased pointed a gun over his shoulder and fired, striking Rodgers in the mouth, Mackesy said. Rodgers was able to return fire and strike the suspect in the leg. The suspect got away and Rodgers called on his radio for help, saying he had been shot in the face.
    Rodgers was quickly rescued and taken by ambulance to Shands as police searched for the suspect. Streets were roped off with crime scene tape, patrol cars rushed to the scene and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
    Shortly after the shooting, police arrested Dunbar a few blocks from the crime scene. He was taken to Shands for treatment, said police spokesman Ken Jefferson.
    Mackesy said he was told police recovered a gun at the crime scene, but it was unclear if it belonged to Dunbar. Mackesy said Rodgers, who's a husband and father, joined the Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer four years ago and became a police officer in November 2005. He said Rodgers had never been involved in a shooting and had an unblemished record.
    Nelson Cuba, president of the Jacksonville lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, said Monday that Rodgers also as a brother with the Sheriff's Office. He said Rodgers was undergoing surgery to remove a bullet still lodged possibly in his jaw, which Mackesy confirmed.
    The impact also knocked out some of his teeth, Mackesy said. He said he is expected to have a full recovery.
    Mackesy said he was able to speak with Rodgers at the hospital as he was joined by family members.
    "We're very fortunate that we did not lose a police officer tonight," Mackesy said during a 1 a.m. news conference outside the hospital. "This is just a reminder that what they do out there is dangerous. It's just an innocent encounter on the side of the street and the guy [Rodgers] ends up in a fight for his life."
    Cuba said he sent a message to all officers Sunday morning to be careful after Saturday's confrontation in which police said a 15-year-old shot at two officers in Northwest Jacksonville. Those officers were not injured and shot the teen at the Cleveland Arms apartments.
    "There's no doubt this city is becoming more and more violent. The residents aren't safe, and apparently the police officers aren't either," Cuba said after Sunday night's incident.
    Despite the two weekend attacks on police, Mackesy said Jacksonville officers will not hesitate to confront people when it's necessary.
    "We're not going to give up. We're still out here." Mackesy said. "We just gotta hope that our officers have the good Lord looking over them and protecting them while they're doing their job."
    Neighbors at the scene of the shooting said they heard as many as six shots and were drawn from their homes but knew little more. Dunbar's sister, Juvonya Lewis, said she was told by a group of people that her brother was involved, but she knew little else.
    "My mind went blank," Lewis said.
    The shooting of Dunbar is the 12th by Jacksonville police this year.
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    cliffs?
     
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    your ADD ownz you.

    Wow, shot to the mouf and still returns fire.:bowdown:
     
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    My thoughts exactly



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