Officer who fired weapon during pursuit cleared of wrongdoing after internal investigation

Police are investigating an early morning shooting at a Jacksonville nightclub that left one officer on administrative duties. ( photo)

A Jacksonville Police Department officer who fired his weapon during the pursuit of a suspect early Monday morning has been cleared of wrongdoing after an internal investigation.

An internal investigation found insufficient evidence for any criminal charges against Officer Christopher Wilson, officials said.

Read the full statement from the District Attorney's Office below:

The District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the investigation involving Officer Christopher Wilson of the Jacksonville Police Department in reference to the discharge of his weapon on June 11, 2018. On June 12, 2018, after leaving the scene, Rodney Devan Pridgen was apprehended by the Jacksonville Police Department and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and going armed to the terror of the people. During the initial contact with Rodney Devan Pridgen on June 11, 2018 and while attempting to arrest Rodney Devan Pridgen, Officer Wilson discharged his firearm. There were no injuries resulting from discharge of the firearm. After consultation with this office, the Jacksonville Police Department conducted an internal investigation of this incident. Based upon this office’s review of the investigation, there is insufficient evidence for any criminal charges against Officer Wilson related to the discharge of his weapon.
Due to the pending charges against Rodney Devan Pridgen, the District Attorney’s Office is unable to provide further comment on this case. Under our system of justice, Rodney Devan Pridgen is presumed to be not guilty unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Jacksonville Police have identified a suspect and released more information in an investigation into a Jacksonville nightclub shooting that happened early Monday.

Officials said the suspect is described as a black male, in his early to mid 20s, weighing approximately 165-170 poound. He is of average height and a slim build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing long khaki pants with dark shorts under them and no shirt.

“We are still in the early stages of this active, open and ongoing investigation.” said Captain Ashley Weaver, Investigations Supervisor, in a press release.

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Police are investigating an early morning shooting at a Jacksonville nightclub that left one officer on administrative duties.

Officials said Jacksonville police responded to a report of shots fired at the Champagne Lounge, a nightclub located on the premises of the Red Carpet Inn at 701 N. Marine Boulevard, around 1:00 a.m. on Monday.

Responding units found a major disturbance underway, officials said. People were fighting and running from the area and there were reports that a subject was fleeing the area with a firearm.

Officials said officers began searching the areas surrounding the hotel in pursuit of the identified subject with a firearm. During the pursuit, officials said the suspect made a threatening movement with the firearm and one officer fired his duty weapon.

“At this time, we do not believe that the subject was shot and the officer is placed on administrative duties until the incident is reviewed. A weapon was recovered at the scene. The suspect remains at large” Captain Ronnie Dorn, Patrol Division Supervisor said.

If you have information about the suspect or incident, please contact JPD Sergeant Mark Ketchum at (910) 938-6412 or or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-5034.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Please refer to Case 18-05520 when calling or texting.

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