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Tallahassee Police identifies officers involved in fatal March shooting

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 13:57:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department has identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting of an attempted carjacking suspect the night of March 20.

Police say the involved officers in this case are Officer Zackri Jones, a seven-year officer assigned to the Violent Crimes Response Team, and Officer Justin Davidson, a four-year officer assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau.

During the arrest attempt, Officer Davidson was the first to approach the suspect, 31-year-old Mychael Johnson.

According to the report, police witnessed Johnson attempt two carjackings in the Indianhead Acres/Lehigh neighborhood on Mountbatten Road around 7:30 p.m.

TPD says when Johnson began to flee, Davidson ran after him in an attempt to apprehend him.

Davidson fired his TASER twice in order to take Johnson into custody, but it didn't work. That's when police say Davidson and the suspect got into a physical fight.

Officer Jones caught up to where the fight was occurring and fired the single fatal shot, TPD says.

According to authorities, Officer Davidson is considered a victim in this case. They say his name was released with his permission in accordance with Marsy’s Law.

At this time, the occupant or occupants of the victim vehicle have not come forward nor have they been identified. TPD is asking them to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 850-891-4200 or 850-251-2024, or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.