Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ex-Paxon Student Accused of Firing at Cop; the 16-Year-Old Denies Shooting at the Middle School's Resource Officer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ex-Paxon Student Accused of Firing at Cop; the 16-Year-Old Denies Shooting at the Middle School's Resource Officer

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

Courtney Hendley went to Paxon Middle School Thursday evening to watch his younger brother play in an eighth-grade basketball game.

But the tip-off never happened.

Before the night ended, the game was canceled and the 16-year-old older brother was under arrest and accused of trying to kill a police officer on the Jacksonville campus where he was once a student.

Trouble started when a fight broke out after the evening's first basketball game, between seventh-grade teams, Paxon Principal Pam Pierce said Friday.

School resource police Officer Darion Green was detaining Hendley and two other males outside the school after the fight when the incident escalated as at least two school administrators looked on, according to authorities.

Green handcuffed 18-year-old Brent Gordon and had him on the ground when another of the males, 18-year-old Tranvonce Brewer, ran into the woods and jumped a fence, according to an account Vice Principal Shilene Singleton gave police.

When the officer began chasing Brewer in his patrol car, the vice principal saw Gordon drop a gun on the ground before Hendley scooped it up, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Then, as Hendley walked away, the vice principal said she heard him threaten, "I'm gonna kill Officer Green," before the former student shot at the officer "three to four" times.

Assistant Principal Michael Alexander also saw the incident, according to police, who said his account was similar except that he said he saw Hendley shoot twice.

No one was hurt. Police also arrested Gordon and Brewer along with at least three other adults they said were involved in the fight.

On Friday, some of Hendley's brothers defended him at their family's home while their mother attended the 16-year-old's court appearance. Police charged Hendley with attempted murder and having a gun on school property.

"Who in their right mind would shoot in front of all those people?" Hendley's 20-year-old brother, Czar Hendley, said.

He said his brother showed up at home after the incident and the family made him turn himself in to police. …

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