The Times-Union’s police shooting database relies primarily on archived statements by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released in the immediate aftermath of each incident. In many cases, key details — such as whether the suspect was holding a weapon when shot, or how many times a suspect was shot — are still unclear without readily available official records. Entries were supplemented with follow-up media reports when possible. The database will be updated to reflect new information as the Times-Union’s reporting on police shootings continues.
About this database
people have been shot by Jacksonville police officers since 2007. After every shooting is deemed justified by the State's Attorney's Office, the Sheriff's Office examines the case to determine whether an officer broke with department policy. But are all of the facts considered? The Times-Union will look back at the last decade of police shootings, and the investigations that followed.
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The "firearm" column is meant to reflect whether the suspect had a firearm within reach at the time they were shot. In many cases, police said the suspect was seen armed at one time, but that they were unarmed at the time of the shooting. The "initiated" column indicates what type of event led to the officer's confrontation with a suspect. The "situation" column indicates how that event evolved over the course of the encounter.
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