Town of Baldwin

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer is on administrative leave and a robbery suspect is behind bars after a police-involved shooting in Baldwin Monday.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackney says 12-year JSO veteran Officer Jeff Webster was patrolling the area, looking for an armed robbery suspect. The robbery was caught on camera last week at the IGA grocery store.

Webster believed he saw the suspect around noon Monday, and pursued him. Hackney says the man fled on foot and jumped a fence.

Kevin Meerschaert

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Baldwin Mayor Stan Totman were on hand to introduce a new rescue unit for the Baldwin Fire Station. Before now, the closest Rescue Unit to Baldwin was seven miles away on Beaver Street.

Along with the Rescue unit, the full time staff of the station will increase from two to four. Jacksonville Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt says that's important because the increase in protection is expected to help lower home owner insurance rates for Baldwin residents.