911 Calls From Police Shootout Near FSU Released

By: Lanetra Bennett; Julie Montanaro; Natalie Rubino Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; Julie Montanaro; Natalie Rubino Email
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By: Eyewitness News
May 30, 2014

Eyewitness News obtained 911 phone calls placed during a police shootout near the campus of Florida State on May 12, 2014.

During the calls, neighbors indicated to dispatchers that bullets came through walls into their apartments.

Play the videos above to hear the calls in their entirety.


Updated By: Eyewitness News
May 20, 2014, 11pm

The officers in the deadly police shootout at FSU campus last Monday were cleared by a Grand Jury today.

They found the officers' use of force in the shootout was justified.

Grand Jurors heard from witnesses, investigators, and several officers involved.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo tells us the Grand Jury complimented the officers on their actions that day.

"The officers acted extremely brave. They literally charged and chased somebody that was shooting at them. That doesn't leave the officers much of a choice but to respond and protect themselves and everyone else in the area. We're very fortunate nobody else was injured that day," said Chief DeLeo.

The criminal investigation is still ongoing. TPD will conduct its own special internal investigation as well.

The officers involved will be on paid administrative leave for a few more days and finish their briefing programs before choosing to go back in the field.

Meanwhile, one of the men involved in that shooting is now facing murder charges.

Arthur James is being charged with second degree felony murder after Tommy Jackson was shot and killed during the shootout.

James and Jackson were both shot after police say they were running from them as suspects in an armed robbery.

Under Florida law, if someone dies while committing a felony, the other suspect can be charged with murder.


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 20, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - A Tallahassee man is now facing murder charges after another man was killed in a shoot-out with Tallahassee Police.

The charge has been added on to Arthur James' other charges stemming from last week's shooting.

Arthur James was sitting upright and breathing after being shot by Tallahassee Police last Monday. Tommy Jackson was not.

Therefore, James is now facing a murder charge.

Tallahassee resident Frances Rhea says, "If you go to jail and you get a life sentence or whatever happens, you deserve it. you took some other people's lives in your hands and that's not right."

James and Jackson were both shot after police say they were running from them as suspects in an armed robbery. James was shot in front of the FSU Fine Arts Building. Jackson was killed in a shoot-out with police a little farther away on Carolina Street.

Under Florida law, if someone dies while committing a felony...the other suspect can be charged with murder.

James is now charged with second-degree felony murder.

FSU student Bethany Trainor says, "Someone has to be charged. I think the law is the law. So, whatever justice needs to be done. In this case, it just helps put my mind at ease. No students were involved and it could've been much worse."

James is also charged with resisting arrest.

Six officers were put on administrative leave with pay after the shooting. Tuesday afternoon, a grand jury found that the use of force was justifiable. Jurors will continue the criminal investigation and will follow that up with TPD's own internal investigation into the incident.


Updated By: Eyewitness News
May 20, 2014

The Leon County Grand Jury presented a "no true bill" for the police officers involved in a shootout near the FSU campus last Monday.

A "no true bill" is defined as "no probable cause or evidence to show that a crime has been committed."

The Grand Jury found that the use of force was justifiable in the police shootout on campus last Monday. They'll continue the criminal investigation and will follow that up with TPD's own internal investigation into the incident.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
May 19, 2014

A grand jury will meet tomorrow to review a deadly police shootout on the edge of the FSU campus.

Officers confronted two robbery suspects in front of the FSU Fine Arts building a week ago.

One of the suspects was shot in the face and survived.

The other was shot a few blocks away after officers say he started firing at them. 39-year-old Tommy Jackson was killed.

Six officers have been placed on leave pending a review of the shooting.

The Assistant State Attorney says the case will be presented to a grand jury tomorrow, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings in this circuit.


News Release: TPD
Updated: May 14, 2014

Investigators have reviewed surveillance video from the area, police vehicle video footage, conducted over 20 interviews and collected more than 59 pieces of evidence to date. Information continues to come in and investigators are still putting the case together. When asked, Chief DeLeo had this to say about the ongoing investigation.

“The Tallahassee Police Department is conducting a methodical and thorough investigation into Monday’s shooting. We have spent the last two days interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence. This investigation is being conducted with the highest attention to detail, just as TPD investigates all cases when someone is injured or killed. As with all investigations, it is important not to rush to judgment until all the facts are gathered and the results are presented to the State Attorney’s Office. I am grateful that more people were not harmed during Monday’s incident, and I ask that any additional witnesses not yet identified, please come forward if we have not taken your statement”.

The investigation will continue with the physical evidence being submitted for laboratory analysis, and the final results of the autopsy.

James will be charged with the following:
Armed Robbery with firearm
Burglary with Person Assaulted
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Additional charges are expected


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 13, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Six Tallahassee police officers have been put on administrative leave in the wake of yesterday's deadly shooting.

The shoot-out between officers and armed robbery suspects left one man dead, and another one injured.

Tallahassee Police Spokesperson Scott Beck says six officers have been put on administrative leave. However, he says it doesn't necessarily mean all those officers opened fire on a couple of armed robbery suspects.

Tallahassee Police say 40-year-old Arthur James and 40-year-old, Tommy Jackson, were suspects in an armed robbery on Gamble Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Officers say the men ended up crashing their white Chevrolet near Macomb Street, then running.

Police shot Arthur in front of the FSU Fine Arts Building. Officers say Jackson kept running to the area of Carolina Street, where FSU Student Robert Rose says a bullet went through his bedroom while he was sitting on his bed.

Rose says, "It came through there. When I looked later it led all the way over through the closet door then through the closet door into some plastic container I have and ripped a few holes in a par of shorts."

Police say they exchanged gunshots with Jackson. He died at the hospital.

Members of the Tallahassee Police Forensic Unit were back on the scene Tuesday. Investigators were surveying the apartment complex on Carolina Street where witnesses say Jackson was shot.

Local resident Frances Rhea says, "All of a sudden we heard a bunch of shots and they came in succession of three groups of shots. We figured the last shots that came in succession had finally gotten whoever it was."

The names of the officers on paid administrative leave are listed below.


News Release: TPD
Updated: May 13, 2014

The below listed TPD officers were involved in yesterday’s incident and have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure. The extent of their involvement is still being determined. None of the officers were physically injured:

Ofc. Doug Clark
Ofc. Steven Britt
Ofc. Derek Kidd
Ofc. Ray Garcia
Ofc. Brian Perry
Ofc. Matthew Wagner

The investigation is still ongoing to determine more details of what happened. The TPD Violent Crimes Unit is continuing witness interviews and following up with physical evidence collected from the multiple scenes. TPD is coordinating with the Office of the Medical Examiner and the State Attorney’s Office to ensure a thorough investigation is completed. The case will be presented to a grand jury for review. Once the investigation is complete, an Internal Affairs investigation will determine if the officers followed established policy.

TPD is asking witnesses who observed this incident and have not yet been contacted by police, to please contact us at 606-5800.


Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 12, 2014 11pm

Two armed men allegedly tried to rob a victim near Gamble and Mill St. in Tallahassee, then they sped off, crashed and fled on foot.

"One of them pulled out a gun right across this area here then the cops seen the gun and they shot him," Donnell Freeman a witness at the scene on Call St. said.

That incident happened on Florida State University's campus, near Copeland and Call St.

The first suspect shot was 40 year old Arthur James.

He was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

The chase took a deadly turn when the second suspect, 39 year old Tommy Jackson fled to Virginia and Carolina St.

"I heard six or seven gunshots," Luke Lovelody a witness at Carolina St. said.

Witnesses say they saw police chasing a man on Carolina St. when the man fired shots at officers.

They said officers returned fire and shot the man at least five times.

"I walk out of my front door and this dude is lying on the ground and there's paramedics around him and there's blood all over the ground," Lovelody said.

Tallahassee Police have confirmed that Jackson was taken to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

"First we need to make sure the officers are OK physically, then they will be placed on administrative leave pending investigation," Scott Beck, Public Information Officer for TPD said.

TPD's Violent Crimes Unit was on the scene along with investigators from the State Attorney's Office.

The incident has left people stunned.

"This doesn't usually happen up here at Florida State campus. But as you can see, it's happening," Brian Glenn a witness at the W. Call St scene said.

FSU notified students and faculty about the shooting via text, email, Facebook and Twitter.

No buildings were put on lock down because TPD assured university officials the campus was safe.

TPD says the investigation is still ongoing.

News Release: TPD
Updated: May 12, 2014, 9pm

At approximately, 1:21pm today Tallahassee Police Officers responded to a reported armed robbery in progress in the area of Gamble Street and Mill Street. Responding officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in the area of Macomb Street and Palm Court. The suspect vehicle crashed into a tree and the two armed suspects fled from the vehicle. Officers chased them on foot. During the attempted apprehension of suspect #1 in the area of Copeland and Call Street, at least one TPD Officer discharged their firearm striking the armed suspect. Suspect #1 was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Suspect #2 continued running across Tennessee Street, to the area of Virginia and Carolina Street between Macomb and Copeland Street. Suspect #2 exchanged gunfire with multiple officers and was subsequently taken into custody after a violent confrontation. Officers immediately began rendering first aid. Suspect #2 was taken to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Members of TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit responded to the scenes to begin the investigation. This is normal procedure anytime a subject is injured as a result of an officer discharging a firearm. At TPD’s request, The State Attorney’s Office also sent investigators to the scene to consult with, during the investigation.

Following normal TPD procedure, Chief DeLeo has placed the involved officers on administrative leave pending the investigation. Chief DeLeo said, “The safety of Tallahassee citizens is our highest priority. I’m relieved our officers and bystanders were not injured during this incident.”

Suspect #1 has been identified as:
Arthur James, black/male

Suspect #2 has been identified as:
Tommy Jackson, black/male, (Deceased)

The investigation is ongoing.


Updated By: Lanetra Bennett
May 12, 2014, 6pm

A suspect chase ends with Tallahassee Police firing their guns.

Two armed robbery suspects were shot during that incident.

One of the armed robbery suspects was shot in front of the FSU Fine Arts Building.

Police say they were chasing two men from an armed robbery near Gamble Street around 1:30.

The suspects crashed their car near Copeland and Call Streets.

Witnesses say they saw the two men hop out and run.

They say one of the suspects slipped and fell, got up, and jumped the rail in front of the Fine Arts Building.

"He jumped the rail and the flowers." said Donnell Freeman, witness.

Police confirm that both suspects were shot and taken to the hospital. we do not know their condition at this time.

That witness said he could see a gun come out when the first suspect fell. He says that's when he saw police shooting.

TPD has not confirmed how many officers fired, but say the officers will be put on administrative leave.


Updated By: Lanetra Bennett
May 12, 2014, 5:30pm

The shooting happened in front of FSU's Fine Arts Building at Copeland and Call Streets. Officers are still on the scene.

At least one of the suspects was shot in front of the Fine Arts Building.

Tallahassee police say they got a 911 call around 1:20 about an armed robbery near Gamble Street and Wills Street.

Officers say they chased the suspects. The suspects crashed their white Chevrolet near Copeland Street.

That's when witnesses say the two men started running.

Police ended up firing at the men.

Police say both men were shot and taken to the hospital. We do not know their condition.

WCTV only saw one man being put on a stretcher at the Fine Arts Building, but there was a second crime scene on Carolina Street. When asked if that's where the second suspect was shot, officers would only say both scenes were related.


Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 12, 2014, 5pm

The chase involving the second suspect continued to Carolina and Macomb Street.

All police could confirm about the scene at Macomb and Carolina is that it's related to the West Call Street scene.

Four construction workers say they saw the whole thing.

WCTV has not been able to confirm this information, but the construction workers say they saw police chasing a man on foot. The man fired shots at officers, and then officers shot the man at least 5 times. Again, this information is still unconfirmed.

FSU sent out an email and text alert to students warning them about the shooting but didn't put any building on lock-down because University officials say FSUPD confirmed with TPD that a suspect was shot and the other apprehended.


Updated By: Lanetra Bennett
May 12, 2014, 5pm

Shots were fired on the edge of the FSU campus, and witnesses say there was an exchange of gunfire with police in pursuit.

Police say they chased two armed robbery suspects near Copeland and Call Streets. Witnesses say that the suspects crashed their car nearby, then ran across the street...and that's when police shot at least one of the suspects.

That suspect was still on the ground when WCTV got to the scene.

Authorities wrapped the man's head and put him on a stretcher, then put him in an ambulance.

This all happened in front of the Fine Arts Building at FSU.

Employees who work in the building say they heard a few shots, then saw the man go down.

"This is usually not happening up here at Florida State campus. But as you can see, this can happen anywhere. I'm just amazed. But that's what I saw, and I hope he's doing okay," said Brian Glenn, witness.

Police say the man was a suspect in an armed robbery that had taken place just before 1:30pm near Gamble and Mill Street.

Officers say they chased the man to the scene.

The witness said they did see the second suspect running away.

Police confirmed that both men were shot. Both were taken to the hospital, but police weren't able to speak about their conditions.


By: Julie Montanaro
May 12, 2014 - 4pm

Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University Police Spokesman Major Jim Russell says there was no campus lockdown, because officers discovered right away that one suspect had been shot and one had been caught, so there was no worries about suspects on the loose in the area.

Major Russell also said that all buildings on campus remained open and no classes were cancelled.

FSU Police did send out a text alert and information via Facebook, Email and Twitter regarding the incident.


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 12, 2014 - 3pm

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police Department Public Information Officer Scott Beck says officers responded to a 911 call about an armed robbery near Gamble and Mills roads at 1:21pm Monday.

Police chased the car involved in the robbery. The car crashed in the area of Copeland and Call, and two people fled. Officers then fired their weapons at the suspects.

Witnesses tell Eyewitness News that they saw police shoot one person in front of FSU's Fine Arts building and saw them shoot at another person who was running from the area..


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 12, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Police Department confirms that officers fired their weapons at two individuals in the area of Copeland Street and Call Street.

TPD says two people were injured as a result. There is no word as to the extent of their injuries.

A second crime scene has been set up in the area of 500 West Carolina Street. There is no word on if this is connected to the first crime scene.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.


By: Eyewitness News
May 12, 2014 - 2pm

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Police Department has notified the media about a crime scene at the corner of Call and Copeland Streets in Tallahassee.

Florida State University tweeted the following regarding the incident.


We have a reporter on the scene and will have more as it becomes available.


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