Chief Tom Hackney
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for an outstanding suspect involved in a police-involved shooting Wednesday at Jacksonville International Airport.
Rodney Addison, 20, is 5-feet-4 inches and 130 lbs. Those who know Addison's whereabouts are asked to call JSO at (904) 630-0500.
The shooting at JAX and a possibly related incident that caused a lock down at Highlands Elementary School stemmed from police following up on a May 7 auto theft case at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney.
During the May 7 incident, several SWAT officers tried to stop the car. One suspect was arrested and found with cocaine, while another suspect eluded arrest.
The investigation led police on Wednesday to the 6500 block of Norwood Avenue and officers followed a vehicle they believe was being driven by the suspect.
Officers followed the suspect to the rental car area of JAX and verified that the suspect was in the vehicle.
The suspect got out of the car to see who was following him and detectives tried to arrest him.
He then got back in his car, backed up forcefully, moved a car with a detective in it, hit another vehicle and officers had to jump out of the way, Hackney said.
The suspect then hit the police car again, hit a rental car and continued backing through the parking garage.
SWAT officer Edward Rogers fired three shots from his department-issued AR-15 into the vehicle. One of the suspects was shot in the ankle. Rogers has been placed on administrative leave per JSO policy.
Patrol officers then found the vehicle in an apartment complex off of Dunn Avenue. Inside the vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, police found two subjects -- a 17-year-old male shot in the ankle and a 27-year-old male who had been shot.
No one in the surrounding area was injured in the shots fired at the airport, Hackney said.
They were taken into custody and police are still searching for one to two suspects, one of which Hackney identified as Addison.
Earlier Wednesday, JSO said the police-involved shooting at JAX and an incident that caused a lockdown at Highlands Elementary were related, but Hackney said they are still looking into that.
Hackney said more details will be available during a second news conference Thursday at 11 a.m.
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