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Gunman critical after police shooting; second man found dead inside home

Published on December 12, 2022 at 6:22 pm

Jacksonville police said they shot a man who pointed a gun at them Monday and then found another man dead inside the Westside home.

The man with the gun, identified as Eric S. Lackey, was critically wounded in the 2200 block of Hyde Park Road in the Cedar Hills Estates area. Tuesday morning, he was charged with murder, police said.

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Officers were called to the home about 1:20 p.m. after reports that someone had been shot, Romano said. At least one of the officers heard a gunshot coming from the home as they arrived, then saw a man come out holding a gun, Chief Mark Romano said.

Officers told the man to drop the gun, but he raised it toward them and one officer fired, hitting the man multiple times, he said.

No officers were hurt. Those involved in the shooting are on routine leave as the investigation continues, police said.

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Lackey’s past arrests include a charge of domestic battery in mid-2009 and a criminal mischief charge in March 2021, according to jail records. He was released from jail in January after his arrest in November for aggravated battery of a person over 65, jail records show.

This was the city’s 13th officer-involved shooting so far this year, Romano said.


author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.
author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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