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Police: Suspect at Large in Shooting at Jacksonville Beach

4:19 PM, Feb 10, 2011   |    comments
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  • Mike McCue was planting shrubbery at his home in Jacksonville Beach on February 9, 2011, when he was shot and killed.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police are still trying to figure out what lead to the shooting of a former Jacksonville firefighter.

Michael Edward McCue, 42, was shot to death Wednesday afternoon while at 1701 Sixth Ave. N., according to Sgt. Thomas Bingham with Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

The man police called a person of interest in McCue's murder, Charles Edward Pearce, was involved in an incident just a block from there at 1715 Fifth Ave. N., Bingham said.

Pearce got into an argument with his stepfather and fired shots at him, Bingham explained, but none of the shots hit him. Police are calling Pearce the suspect in this incident, and he'll face an aggravated assault charge once he's found.

Investigators still aren't sure which incident occurred first, which Bingham said makes it difficult to release further information.

McCue was a firefighter with JFRD from 2000 until 2006, according to a lawsuit he filed last year in federal court against the city.

Pearce's adult criminal history since 1999 includes charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, fraud and worthless checks. 

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