The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Saturday, updating the condition of the two officers who were injured in a shootout Friday night on the Westside.
The Sheriff’s Office said four to five officers responded to an attempted suicide call at a home on Seaboard Avenue near Timuquana Road, where three victims who had retreated to a back bedroom for their safety.
When the officers arrived at the house, they heard gunfire and believed there was an active shooter. As they approached the house, the suspect, 25-year-old Derrick Brabham, began shooting at the officers with an M&P Semi Automatic .223 high-powered rifle and an exchange of gunfire ensued, police said.
Officer Kevin Jarrell was shot in the stomach and the second officer, Michael Fox, was struck once in both hands. Both officers were both taken to UF Health Jacksonville.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a press briefing Saturday that Jarrell was in stable condition and Fox was undergoing surgery. Sheriff Mike Williams said Jarrell has, “a long road ahead” to recovery.
Fox is an 11-year veteran of the force. Friday night’s shootout was his second police-involved shooting in his career. Jarrell is a five-year veteran. The shootout was his first police-involved shooting.
In May 2016, Farrell received the Police Officer of the Month award for his work patrolling Zone 4, which is located on the Westside.
Williams praised the community support and asked for prayers for the recovering officers and their families.
Brabham was killed by police during the exchange, Williams said.