When you hear about Jacksonville juveniles involved in a fight and shooting, you assume that the fight went out of control and someone involved in the fight pulled out a gun. This usually results in a criminal case with Jacksonville firearms charges and a Florida self defense claim. The Florida Times Union reported a story that was different from what we normally read in cases like this. The article stated:
“A teen was shot twice in the leg Thursday about 6:20 p.m. in the 2500 block of East Red Robin Drive after trying to stop a fight between two teenage girls, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. Sgt. Bobby Lyle said the young man that was shot is 17-years-old and in stable condition at UF Health Jacksonville. A man in his early 20s is suspected of shooting the 17-year-old, and police detained another man at the Sheriff’s Office that could have information about the incident. Lyle said the victim did not know the girls or the suspect. Lyle said the suspect left East Red Robin Drive in a small, black sedan with four other people in the car. Police did not have a detailed description of the suspect or the vehicle.”
In this case, it appears that the Good Samaritan was shot when he tried to stop a fight between to girls. There are different charges that can arise from this scenario. First, the girls could be charged with Jacksonville fighting and affray. This charged is used in mutual combat situations. If one girl was the aggressor, she may be charged with Jacksonville simple battery. If either girl is charged with battery but she was merely defending herself, she may claim that she acted in self-defense. The more serious criminal case is against the person that shot the 17-year-old boy. At minimum, he is looking at a Jacksonville aggravated battery with a firearm charge. Since he was in possession and discharged a gun, he is also facing a minimum mandatory prison sentence under the Florida 10-20-Life Law.
The article also mentions that the police detained another man that may have information. Police need probable cause to detain a person. If they did not have probable cause, they needed this man’s consent. Otherwise, this may be an unlawful seizure, and his 4th amendment rights were violated.