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Jacksonville, Florida — On January 19, 2023, detectives from the narcotics and vice section were conducting surveillance on a known drug dealer, Brian Brightman. The detectives knew Brightman was located inside a van and an apartment complex parking lot located in the 13200 block of North Main Street. In the driver’s seat of that van was the man later identified as 38-year-old Eric Nathaniel Thornton. After observing what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction being committed from the van, detectives used their vehicles to block the van’s movement and then attempted to detain the occupants.
The detectives were outfit in tactical uniforms that clearly identified them as police. As they approached the van, Thornton opened the driver’s side door and fled on foot. Several of the detectives immediately pursued Thornton to detain him. As they were doing so, they observed that Thornton was armed with a knife in his hand. The officers gave multiple commands for Thornton to drop his knife. Instead, Thornton continues to flee while still holding the knife in his hand. It is at this point the two detectives fired multiple shots at Thornton, resulting in him falling to the ground.
Immediately following the shooting, JSO detectives provided first aid on the scene as a rescue unit was called. The Rescue Unit transported Thornton to a local Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Brightman was removed from the back of the van and taken into custody. Detectives also located an eight-year-old child in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The child was removed without harm and turned over to a family member at the scene. Two knives and two grams of fentanyl were found at the scene. Brightman was charged with the felony offenses of the sale of Fentanyl, child abuse, and the unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
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25 thoughts on “Jacksonville Police Officers Shoot Fleeing Suspect Carrying a Knife During Drug Investigation”
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like…why. mag dumping a guy that didnt even gesture any type of intent to come towards you.
the officer didn´t even care about the background…. that funny enough, was filled with the other cops arriving at the scene
How do we NOT have gyroscope balanced stable Police body cameras yet?
Oh & cameras that stay on the person when you move. 50% of them fall off if someone looks at it strange.
BuT tHeY nEvEr ShOoT wHiTe PeOpLe
Well I mean he did have a knife….. seemed a tad excessive to keep shooting a guy already on the ground though…..
You know if the comments here are against ya, then you really fucked up.
That dude survived wtfff !! 🤣🤣🤣
Cop committed murder ☝️
Initial shots justified. The ones after he fell and wasn’t moving are not.
You can shoot fleeing suspects now?
Yikes! That's going to be hard to explain.
Drugs & Florida. Nothing new.
See police also kill white people poor knife man SMH
What the fuck
Ok, the additional shots look REALLY BAD. And yes, the Officer didn't SAY "drop the knife" 50 times before firing. But the unfortunate decedent checked all the right boxes to be a legal shoot. I'm going with legally correct, morally WRONG. Folks, comply with the arresting Officer's commands.
Worthless and pathetic display.
I am not a professional, but i am pretty sure that 2-3 shot would had been enought. I dont want my taxes to go to a guy that want to shoot 10 time just, because he want..
this cop fella's dad was an executioner in medieval times
He was not in any danger
no Loss at all, great job
When you were raised on Call of Duty and are trained to learn that a throwing knife is an instant kill
No protests for Eric unfortunately, he's not of the right skin persuasion. The police know this and don't even attempt to think twice.
Mag dump on a guy running away AND when he's on the ground?…. They really need to improve the psych evaluations on these "police."
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