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Car Theft Leads to Jacksonville Airport Shooting and Arrests

Rodney Lorenzo AddisonAn apparent suspicion of auto theft led to a shootout at the rental car return area in the Jacksonville International Airport parking garage on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers located a missing Ford Crown Victoria on Wednesday afternoon and followed the vehicle to the airport's rental car garage.

Jacksonville Sheriff Chief’s Tom Hackney said authorities witnessed the car "stopping in an odd position before its driver rammed it into two sheriff's vehicles and escaped the garage by speeding in reverse."

One of the officers, identified as SWAT member Edward Rogers, shot the car three times with his AR-15 rifle as they drove off, said Chief Tom Hackney.

When Rogers opened fire, the vehicle's occupants tried to flee. That's when police shot a 17-year old suspect in the ankle.

The decision to shoot was made because of the danger and intentions of the suspects.

Police told Action News Jax that when officers approached the car, the driver tried to run over police officers. "Their fear of the detectives at the scene was this is a subject that had already attempted to strike two other officers."

"The public safety was at risk. This is a dangerous man -- these detectives felt this enough that they used deadly force,” Hackney said. He added it was not clear if those in the car were armed with guns.

Tracking the vehicle led officers to the Monaco Arms II apartment complex near Highlands Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

The 17-year-old who was shot in the ankle, and a 27-year-old were arrested at the apartments, Hackney said. Their names have not been released.

Police say they are still looking for 20-year-old Rodney Lorenzo Addison, who is wanted in the May 7 car theft in Northwest Jacksonville.

Flights at JIA were not affected by the incident.

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