Officer shoots driver who pulled out gun in road rage incident, leading police on 30-mile chase across city: JSO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A road rage incident early Tuesday sparked a police chase in Jacksonville that ended with an officer shooting the driver, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver, Charles Guernsey, 45, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to JSO, just before 1 a.m., another driver called officers in the area of ​​I-95 and MLK Parkway and reported that he had been involved in a road rage incident with the driver of a pickup truck. He said the other driver, later identified as Guernsey, pulled out a gun and threatened him with it.

The driver who had been threatened called 911 immediately to report the incident, including the truck’s license plate, and then saw officers, flagged them down and told them what happened, JSO Chief Alan Parker said.

Those officers immediately took off in pursuit of the truck, but when they got behind it, Guernsey took off and the chase began, Parker said.

Parker said the chase lasted between 25 and 30 miles and went through the city from the east side to the west side.

The Florida Highway Patrol became involved in the chase on the interstate and attempted two PIT maneuvers to stop the truck, but neither worked because it was a larger vehicle, Parker said.

When the chase reached I-295 and Commonwealth Avenue, JSO deployed stop levers to flatten the truck’s tires.

Parker said Guernsey arrived on West Beaver Street driving on flat tires before a JSO officer was able to successfully PIT the truck and stop it.

That’s when Guernsey jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee, but Officer Stephen Hicks shot him several times and hit him at least once, Parker said.

Parker said no gun was found in Guernsey, but investigators were waiting for a warrant to search his truck.

Parker said Officer Hicks has been with JSO for three years and this was his second officer-involved shooting and was the second officer-involved shooting of the year for the department.

Guernsey has an extensive criminal history in Baker and Alachua counties, Parker said.

News4JAX found records from the Guernsey Department of Corrections that include prison sentences for drug possession and aggravated assault of a pregnant victim.

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