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Suspects in officer-involved shooting threatened employer and store employees

7:08 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office believes the suspects involved in a police-involved shooting Tuesday morning may have been purchasing ammunition to use as part of a revenge plot.

During a Wednesday morning press conference, JSO Chief Tom Hackney provided new information on the shooting that occurred outside the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 11901 Atlantic Boulevard.

The victim has been preliminarily identified as 56-year-old Lesley Cowan, however a positive identification has not been made. Authorities are still investigating information on the possible victim. The victim was traveling with 51-year-old Tammy Lynn Gill in a white pick-up truck when deputies intercepted them.

Chief Hackney explained that Gill had been experiencing issues at work and was in the process of being terminated from the Atlantic Self Storage on Mayport Road where she was employed. Gill allegedly sent a threatening email to Atlantic Self Storage only 20 minutes before the 911 call in from the Academy Sports + Outdoors store at 9:20a.m. According to Hackney, the suspects told store employees if anyone tried to take the gun away they would "blow their head off," which was stated on the 911 call.

The couple allegedly entered the store with a shotgun and was informed of procedures for bringing weapons into the store, Hackney said. The couple did not comply and headed to the ammunition section of the store. Employees with Academy Sports + Outdoors called 911 and stayed on the phone with dispatch as the couple made their way through the business. Gill and the suspect were able to purchase three boxes of 7.62 ammunition, as well as two boxes of shotgun ammunition.

Hackney praised the Academy Sports + Outdoors for remaining calm and providing dispatch with critical information.

JSO was able to identify the suspects in the parking lot of the Academy Sports + Outdoors as they attempted to leave the property in a white pickup truck. Deputies ordered Gill, who was driving to stop and she continued to attempt to flee. The rear window of the pickup truck was opened and the male suspect allegedly pointed a revolver at deputies and fired once.

Deputy Brad Hudson, a 22-year veteran on the force, returned gunfire, hitting the male suspect. Hudson, 44, has been with JSO for 17 years. Before joining JSO, Hudson worked in corrections, according to JSO Chief Tom Hackney.  Hackney said Hudson fired all seven rounds of his gun during the incident, and it is unknown at this time how many times the suspect was struck.

Upon further investigation, it was determined the suspect was also wearing a loaded, concealed gun in a holster when he entered the store. Three guns total were found in the suspect's vehicle and all weapons were loaded, including the shotgun brought into the Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Gill had her first appearance in court this morning.  A judge set three bonds for each of her charges, reaching a total of $500,000.09.

Neither Gill nor the male suspect have concealed weapons permits. The couple has been in Jacksonville since about 2006.

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