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First Coast Connect: What Comes Next In The Vernell Bing Jr. Shooting Case?

Kevin Meerschaert

State Attorney Melissa Nelson decided not to pursue changes against Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Tyler Landreville’s fatal shooting last year of Vernell Bing Jr. But that doesn’t mean the story is over.

In the unusually detailed 36-page report released by Nelson on Monday, the office goes into great detail laying out the reasons the shooting was justified under Florida law. The evidence examined by the State Attorney’s Office indicated Landreville did fear for his life in the wake of Bing hitting Landreville’s cruiser head-on in a stolen Chevrolet Camaro.

But there is more to come regarding the case.

Appearing on Wednesday’s “First Coast Connect,” Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conrack said there is still a federal wrongful-death lawsuit moving through the courts.

“It hasn’t gone into discovery yet and I know that that lawyer (Ron Kurpiers) received a personal call from Melissa Nelson yesterday and he told me that he is quite pleased with the amount of records he has now. He feels he can start to put together a case together,” Conrack said.

The Sheriff’s Office will now review if Landreville violated the policies and regulation of the department.

All police shootings are reviewed by the Response to Review Board. They will send their findings to Sheriff Mike Williams for appropriate action if any is needed.              

A protest over the Nelson decision will held 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duval County Courthouse.


Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.