Detective shoots armed theft suspects in San Jose, says JSO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An armed robbery suspect was hospitalized after being shot dead by a detective in an apartment complex on Old Kings Road South in San Jose on Sunday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

JSO’s chief investigator TK Waters said there had been a number of armed robberies in the area, so officers were monitoring one of the nearby apartment complexes just before 6 a.m. when they heard a robbery over the radio. Waters said the suspect was walking across the street to another apartment complex when passing a JSO vehicle. Waters said police jumped out of the vehicle and ran after the suspect. Waters said a detective was “very audible” and said, “Police. Stop. Police. Stop.'”

Waters said the suspect, who was armed with a firearm, then ran to an apartment building and tried to enter. Then, said Waters, the detective fired two shots from his service weapon and hit the suspect.

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The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Daniel Newton Neal, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, Waters said.

The police said they are not looking for other suspects.

Waters noted that the gun the suspect had was stolen from a car in 2020.

Detective JG Bennett, a 13 year old JSO veteran, was not injured. According to the Sheriff’s Office, this was his first officer-involved shooting and he has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice. Waters said the detective was wearing a body camera.

According to JSO’s crime mapping tool, 11 robberies have been reported within a mile of the Sunday shooting in the past three months.

Some local residents told News4Jax they were pleased that police had stepped up patrols in the area.

“I’ve lived in this area for 46 years and there is a little more action here now,” said a San Jose resident, who refused to be identified. “I’m always happy to hear the police are there.”

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Bishop Sharpe, a resident of one of the apartment complexes, said, “You’re doing a good job.”

This was the first JSO shoot that year.

The public prosecutor’s office is conducting an independent investigation.

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