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Review Board OKs Officer Shooting; A Panel Said His Shooting at a Suspect Was within Department Procedures

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Review Board OKs Officer Shooting; A Panel Said His Shooting at a Suspect Was within Department Procedures

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Byline: MATT GALNOR

Detective John J. Reynolds was almost done explaining to top police brass and a union lawyer about what led him to shoot a murder suspect when he was taken aback by what he heard.

No gun?

Police would eventually bring out a police dog and send detectives back two days after the July 28 shooting but never found a gun on or near Brian Terrell Brock.

"I'm certain he was holding a gun," Reynolds testified Wednesday to an internal board that reviews Jacksonville police shootings.

Reynolds even described the black semi-automatic handgun he's sure he saw when he caught up to Brock in a dark corridor between two apartment buildings.

While the Response to Resistance review board said the lack of a gun is clearly the biggest question in the case, the five high-ranking police officials unanimously recommended that Sheriff John Rutherford find the shooting within department procedures.

"Even if we found out there was not a gun, it probably wouldn't have changed my mind," Director Dwain Senterfitt said.

Reynolds was among a team of officers staking out Brock's car in a Mayport apartment complex.

Homicide detectives had zeroed in on Brock as their top suspect in the brutal murder of Trudy Taylor Sarman and warned officers of his history of using a gun during two felonies in South Carolina.

Brock had an outstanding warrant for resisting police and two traffic violations, so the plan was to wait until he drove off, pull him over and take Brock downtown for questioning.

That plan imploded just after 4 a.m., once Brock was speeding down Mayport Road, appeared to realize he was being followed and ducked into another complex.

Brock got out of the car and, instead of running, was seen crouching behind vehicles in the parking lot, looking like he was trying to ambush the officers who were chasing him, Detective Russell Johnson testified.

Brock darted across Mayport Road into the Courtyards Apartments, with three officers chasing him - Reynolds leading the way.

Reynolds said he followed Brock into the darkness between two buildings and saw Brock near the end of the corridor. …

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