A Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into Saturday morning's shooting of an armed suspect.
Police identify the suspect as 23-year-old Devon Rashad Spencer. He's accused of opening fire on Officer Clifford Sames. But officers say this wasn’t his first encounter with the law.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Spencer was busted for possession of cocaine in Duval County on Jan. 15, 2014, making him a convicted felon.
Police say they believe there were a total of four men standing in the yard where the incident occurred, including the man suspected of opening fire on Officer Sames.
One of the three other men was arrested because of an unrelated warrant and the other two were taken by officers for questioning, officers say.
Spencer was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm, weapon or ammunition carried by a convicted felon. It is unknown if additional charges will be filed.
An eyewitness to the crime says Spencer fired first at the officer. The officer returned fire, shooting Spencer in the shoulder and leg.
Police do not know how many shots Spencer fired at Sames.
Officers say an AK-47 assault rifle was found in the house where Sames approached Spencer.
According to the JSO, Sames was speaking to witnesses from a hit-and-run accident that happened earlier that morning, gathering information, but police say it is still unknown why Sames approached the individuals.
Police say they do not know why Spencer opened fire on Sames.
According to police, this was Sames’s second on-duty shooting incicdent. The first was in 2008 and ended with the death of the person who fired at him.