JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A suspect is lucky to be alive after a Jacksonville Sheriff's officer rammed him with his vehicle when the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the pursing officer.
According to Jacksonville Sheriff's spokeperson Annie Smith, Michael Jerome Hudson approached a vehicle at a stop sign in the city and opened fire after exchanging words with the driver.
JSO Officer M.C. Pelletier was on-duty but not on a call when he saw and heard Hudson begin shooting at the driver, whom Smith said knew Hudson from a prior problem between them.
Smith said Pelletier exited his vehicle, confronted Hudson and opened fire once, before Hudson fled on foot. Pelletier got back in his police vehicle and went after Hudson.
"He turns a corner, sees the suspect with his gun raised in the road ... and rams the suspect in the road with his vehicle," Smith said.
The officer heard another gunshot, but approached Hudson and took the gun from him. The suspect had an injury, but it was no considered life-threatening.
The victim Hudson allegedly opened fire on returned to the scene and was being cooperative with the shooting investigation.
The officer and victim were not injured. Hudson was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
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