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Fleeing suspect dies in plunge from Dames Point Bridge

The Dames Point Bridge.
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The Dames Point Bridge.

A man is dead after shooting a Jacksonville police officer and leading law enforcement officers on a 20-mile chase Sunday night before jumping off the Dames Point Bridge, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said it started with an attempted burglary at a home on Old Middleburg Road around 10:50 p.m. When officers arrived, a person fired at them, the Sheriff's Office said. The shots hit one officer who was wearing a bulletproof vest and then the man stole a car.

Officers said the man led them on a chase until he crashed on the Dames Point Bridge, got out of the car, and jumped into the river below — causing police to close the bridge for several hours,

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