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Florida Officer Shot During Traffic Stop

April 24, 2014  | 

A suspect is in custody after a Jacksonville Sheriff's officer was wounded following a shooting in the on the west side of Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville Fire & Rescue said paramedics took Officer Andrew Benson to UF Health with non life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the arm during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Police told WCTV the officer attempted to pull over a driver on Edison Avenue for a seatbelt violation. The driver, now identified at Donald Lee Goins, 33, continued traveling for several blocks before stopping on Cherokee Street.

As Benson exited his vehicle, police say Goins pointed a gun out of the driver's side window and shot Benson in the arm. Benson was able to take cover and return fire.

Police say Goins then drove away from the scene. He was arrested late last night in a home in Springfield.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 4/26/2014 6:23 AM

Until Mr. Goins pulled the trigger on his firearm he was legally in possession of a firearm under the 2nd amendment. As more states legalize concealed carry laws more of this sort of thing will happen. I am sure Mr. Goins is a fully paid member in good standing with the NRA.

CDN-LEO @ 4/26/2014 7:59 AM

I strongly suspect that even under Fla law, Mr Goins' legal possession of said firearm ended at the exact time he chose to point it at Officer Benson, with or without trigger pull.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/27/2014 5:09 AM

To commit any crime in Florida you must prove Criminal Intent. Merely pointing a gun at anybody is not a crime anywhere in Florida statutory law. Firing a gun however is illegal when your intent is to cause harm to another person. Unless this is a "stand your ground" situation and then all persons are allowed by Florida law to fire a warning shot before shooting at their aggressor. Law Enforcement officers are specifically protected from being fired at under the "stand your ground" law while they are in performance of their duty.

CPD TN Officer @ 4/27/2014 8:10 AM

Yea at no point is the suspect protected when the weapon is out of the window pointed at the officer. Federal case law with trump any other ridiculous understanding of state law. A reasonable person would not point a firearm at an identified police officer without the intent to cause serious bodily harm or death the officer was justified with deadly force before the first shot rang out.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2014 8:14 PM

Florida does not use the "reasonable person" standard. Florida's standard is you must prove "criminal intent" before an officer can charge anybody with a crime otherwise there is no crime. Just holding a gun out the window to cool his hand off is not proof he will use the weapon regardless of where its pointed, until he fires it, then the "criminal intent" standard comes into play. Every state has a different standard for a crime to occur. The "Reasonable Person" standard is not in use everywhere. You each say federal case law is wrong when it comes to concealed carry but you love it when you try to use it to prove any other point, you cant have it both ways. It's all or nothing.

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