FBI To Review Police-Involved Shooting In Jacksonville

Jun 10, 2016


Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Michelle S. Klimt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division, announce the FBI will investigate the police-shooting of Vernell Bing Jr.
Credit Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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.