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Officer kills 1 man, injures 1 after botched traffic stop

January 6, 2020 GMT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer fatally shot one man and injured after attempting to stop a vehicle that was driving erratically and the wrong way down a north Florida street on Sunday night, investigators said.

The brief police chase ended when the vehicle crashed into another car, injuring two people, before slamming into a pedestrian bridge, Jacksonville Police Chief T.K. Waters during a news conference.

After the crash, Officer N.E. Lawson approached the vehicle. “Some sort of exchange took place and he ended up firing his service weapon several times,” Waters said.

The two people were taken to the hospital, where one died. The other remained in critical condition. Their names haven’t been released but the chief said both men were in their early 20s.

Lawson has been with the agency for more than a year and this is his first officer-involved shooting, Waters said. He was wearing a body camera.

The case is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the State Attorney’s Office, Waters said.