Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mystery Gunmen Shoot at Police Officer's Home; Some Say the Gunfire May Be in Retaliation to Recent Shootings Involving Police

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mystery Gunmen Shoot at Police Officer's Home; Some Say the Gunfire May Be in Retaliation to Recent Shootings Involving Police

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

A shooting at a Jacksonville police officer's home Saturday has some cops on edge in the wake of three deadly police-involved shootings that stoked tensions in the community.

Authorities said no one was hurt after gunfire broke a front window of the police officer's home in the city's Arlington section. Bullets also blasted out windows on the officer's marked patrol car and another vehicle parked at the home. Police found six 9 mm shell casings in a nearby yard.

Fraternal Order of Police union President Nelson Cuba said Monday some officers are nervous following talk of retaliation they've heard since the police shootings.

While he said Saturday's shooting fit with the "tone" of what officers are hearing, Cuba said it wasn't clear if the incident was a reaction to recent incidents. The union leader said no one made any threats connected with the gunfire.

"You hear talk of retaliation so you could only assume," Cuba said, while acknowledging it could be random or targeted at the officer for a different reason.

Officer Richard G. Hendley told authorities he was inside his home around 5:30 a.m. Saturday when he heard gunfire outside, a Sheriff's Office report said. He said he found the damage after going outside about three hours later, according to the report.

Police also found part of a bullet embedded in the house and a rain gutter that appeared to be dented from a bullet strike.

Cuba said union members haven't told him of any other recent incidents involving police being targeted by gunfire. Police from several units of the Sheriff's Office got notification of Saturday's shooting, including detectives in the intelligence and aggravated battery units whom Cuba said he expected to handle the investigation.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson said it appeared the shooting at the officer's house was an isolated one.

The incident follows recent encouragement from New Black Panther Party national spokesman Yusef Shabazz for black people to "fight police in the street," comments he made the day of the funeral for one of the two black men who died in January police shootings. …

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