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FBI To Review Police-Involved Shooting In Jacksonville

Lindsey Kilbride


The FBI will review the police shooting death of 22-year-old Vernell Bing, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams announced Friday.

Bing was unarmed when an officer shot him in the head last month. The shooting happened after Bing crashed a stolen vehicle into the officer’s car following a chase.

Williams said JSO doesn’t usually tell the public about independent reviews, but this case is different.

“Obviously this case has garnered a lot of attention and there’s a lot of questions in the community about the way we investigate shootings,” Williams said. “... So I think with that, the answer to that being an independent review of our investigation is appropriate in this case.”

The FBI, along with the U-S Department of Justice,  will start reviewing after JSO wraps up its own investigation.  

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.