JSO bodycam footage shows officers fatally shooting man with knife during drug investigation
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The Jacksonville Sheriffâ€™s Office released more details and bodycam footage that captured the final moments leading up to the shooting of a man killed by police during a narcotics' investigation in January.
Eric Thornton,37, was identified as the man killed by police, according to JSO. JSO said officers were investigating someone they said is a known drug dealer named Brian Brightman. After observing what officers called multiple transactions, they attempted to approach the vehicle and thatâ€™s when Thornton, the driver, ran away and a chase ensued.
Officers said Thornton was carrying a knife as he was running away from them.
The video shows footage from two different officers. In the video, officers can be heard yelling, â€śHeâ€™s got a knife,â€ť and ordering Thornton to get on the ground. Thornton continues to run through the apartmentâ€™s parking lot. At one point, an officer fires about 10 shots, and Thornton hits the ground and is handcuffed.
Brown said JSO reviewed many hours of video footage and analyzed a significant amount of evidence.
This release comes 14 days after the shooting. The state attorneyâ€™s office is still conducting a criminal investigation. Brown said JSO will begin an administrative investigation into the officersâ€™ actions to determine if they were within agency policy.
The investigation is in the early stages, and according to Brown, it can take up to a year to complete.
JSO said it has not drawn any conclusions regarding whether the officersâ€™ actions were appropriate with respect to the law or JSO policy until all facts are known and the investigation is completed.