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JSO: Man Shot By Undercover Detectives Was Screaming, Waving Gun

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

A Jacksonville man is in stable condition after being shot by two undercover narcotics detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Wednesday night on Jacksonville’s Westside.

JSO Director Tom Hackney says two officers were stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Fouracre Road and Wilson Boulevard just before 6:30 Wednesday evening when they saw 20-year-old Christopher Green screaming and waving a gun at a group of men.

When the officers pulled over and got out of their car, Green put the gun in his waistband, Hackney says.

“Last night I put some information out that he actually pointed the gun at those detectives,” Hackney said.

He said, “From talking to our detectives last night and some more witness information that we had at the scene, it turns out he didn’t actually point the gun at them, but reached for the gun in his waistband.”

Both officers drew their weapons and fired four shots each from a distance of a few feet. Green was struck at least three times: in the abdomen, in the arm and in the leg.

The officers were not identified by name. Hackney says they have a combined 13 years with the sheriff’s office and they are on administrative leave.

Green is in serious condition at UF Health Jacksonville. He has previous arrests for battery and firearms violations.

Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.