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Suspect killed in police shooting ID’ed as three-time convicted felon, suspected bank robber

Suspect killed in police shooting ID’ed as three-time convicted felon, suspected bank robber

The JSO officer shot in an exchange of gunfire which killed a man on the Westside was actually hit while pursuing the suspect, but continued to chase and help take him down. It’s the newest information coming from Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, as they continue to investigate the incident. We first told you earlier Tuesday that police were called to the area of 103rd and Old Middleburg Road as part of their search for a man suspected in two bank robberies. Williams now confirms several tips from the community helped lead them to that area, which is where officers found 28-year-old Michael Joseph Harris. When JSO approached Harris, he got out of his car and in to a small silver vehicle that had a woman driving. Williams says JSO is still working to determine whether the woman was a willing participant in the chase that ensued, or another victim in this crime spree. The chase lasted around two miles, and JSO confirmed earlier Tuesday that it ended in some kind of incident involving a civilian car. Williams says their investigation has led them to believe the suspect vehicle ran a stop sign and was hit by a civilian vehicle who had the right of way. A person in that civilian vehicle was taken to the hospital for injuries resulting from the crash. Williams also now confirms that the officer who was shot in the chin-area was actually hit by shots fired during that vehicle pursuit. 11-year veteran K9 Officer Jeremy Mason is stable, but faces a long road back, according to Williams. Despite the injury, Williams says Mason continued to pursue the suspect, and was ultimately one of two members of JSO who fired on Harris when he got out of the vehicle and fired his gun again. “We talk a lot about these men and women here at JSO that put their lives on the line every single day. That’s not a tag line, that’s not a slogan,” Williams says. The other man who fired was 10-year veteran Detective Brad Hurst, who Williams says was working in the area on a sex offender notification case, but heard what was happening through their radio communication and joined in. Neither Mason nor Hurst have been involved in a police shooting previously, according to Williams. Williams says Harris is a three time convicted felon. In addition to those convictions, he is considered the suspect in a bank robbery earlier today and one that took place yesterday. Duval County court records show Harris pleaded guilty to a 2006 burglary and 2010 charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property. He was also found guilty on a 2008 charge of resisting an officer without violence. There are a few other minor arrests, according to Duval County Jail logs, including a probation violation.

Senate easily defeats first GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare

Senate easily defeats first GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare

Hours after Republicans barely mustered enough votes to start debate on a House-passed GOP bill designed to overhaul the Obama health law, the Senate easily rejected one plan put forward by Republican Senators, as GOP leaders continued to struggle to figure out how to forge a health care bill that could win final approval on the Senate floor later this week. The first casualty was an amended version of the “Better Care” plan from GOP leaders – along with additions from Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who wanted to add back $100 billion in Medicaid funding, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who pressed for his ‘Consumer Freedom Amendment,’ which would let insurance companies that sell regular Obamacare plans also offer lower-cost plans with less health coverage. “What we know won’t work is Obamacare,” Cruz argued on the Senate floor. But the Cruz plan ran afoul of strict Senate budgetary rules, and needed 60 votes for approval. Republicans were not even able to muster a majority, getting only 43 votes, as nine GOP Senators voted against the plan. Nine GOP 'No' votes on BCRA as amended : Lee, Paul, Moran, Corker, Cotton, Graham, Collins, Heller & Murkowski — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 26, 2017 “We can’t give up,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), as Republicans fully acknowledged they weren’t sure where the debate was headed in terms of the details of a GOP health care overhaul bill. “It will depend on what’s in the final bill, which nobody has any idea as to how that’s going to end up,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). “It’s going to be interesting to see what happens,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Opponents of the Republican effort were still ramping up their efforts to push back against GOP health care plans, worried that something will pass late this week by the narrowest of margins. “The voting now means nothing,” said Andy Slavitt, who ran the operations of the Obamacare exchanges under the Obama Administration. “The backroom deals mean everything.” Reminder, several of the upcoming votes are window dressing while GOP leadership attempts to negotiate a compromise bill behind the scenes. https://t.co/gzoJJhDkNH — Joseph (@JoePWilliams31) July 26, 2017 More votes were set for Wednesday, as Republicans were desperately seeking a way to get almost anything approved this week – and then send that on to House-Senate negotiations.

Jacksonville Police investigating deadly triple shooting on the Northside, no arrests

Jacksonville Police investigating deadly triple shooting on the Northside, no arrests

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a deadly, triple shooting on the Northside.   According to JSO, three black males, all in their 20’s, were shot near the Raceway on the 1000 block of Golfair Boulevard.   One of the men has died from his injuries, while the other two are in the hospital. Police describe one of the men’s injuries as life-threatening.   At this time, police there is no suspect information available.

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For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
Senate easily defeats first GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare

Hours after Republicans barely mustered enough votes to start debate on a House-passed GOP bill designed to overhaul the Obama health law, the Senate easily rejected one plan put forward by Republican Senators, as GOP leaders continued to struggle to figure out how to forge a health care bill that could win final approval on the Senate floor later this week.

The first casualty was an amended version of the “Better Care” plan from GOP leaders – along with additions from Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who wanted to add back $100 billion in Medicaid funding, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who [More]