Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tip Leads to Identity of Injured Man

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tip Leads to Identity of Injured Man

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A telephone tip provided the name of the man shot Monday by Jacksonville police at the Emerson Inn on Philips Highway, according to the Sheriff's Office. He had been unidentified and couldn't speak while hospitalized.

The Sheriff's Office said he is 28-year-old Eric Omar Sanchez, whose last known address in the 3000 block of Drum Street is not too far from the Southside motel where he was shot by Officer Matt Edwards.

Four officers arrived at the motel about 6 p.m. after a report of at least one shot fired between two men. One of the men was on a balcony and looked at Edwards, then lifted his shirt and started to pull out a handgun, according to the arrest report. Edwards fired five times when he didn't respond to repeated commands to drop the gun, Chief Tom Hackney previously said.

Sanchez was shot in the arm and chest and was in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville. A loaded .40-caliber handgun was retrieved at the scene.

Sanchez has been arrested five times since early 2005 on charges ranging from cocaine possession to having a concealed firearm and had just been released from jail on a petty theft charge March 12, according to Duval County jail records.

Dan Scanlan


A second JEA employee has been suspended without pay while being investigated in a scheme to defraud the city-owned utility by changing customer account records.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office incident report lists Jackie Baylor Myers, 33, in the grand theft investigation. Officials had discovered name changes were made to an account at Chirping Way several times.

It cost JEA about $2,260, the report said. The investigation found that people may have paid off JEA employees to alter records so they don't have to pay their bills.

JEA employee Stephen Smith was similarly suspended this month.

The utility is now going through thousands of records to see if any other fraud has occurred.

No arrests have been made. But Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said the investigation is ongoing.

Larry Hannan


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