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Aug 21, 2017

Salvadoran Shot While Running from Police

Edward Broaster

A Salvadoran national is under police guard at the Western Regional Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for a gunshot wound he sustained on Saturday.  Twenty-four-year-old Juan Jeremias was shot by officers attached to the Mobile Interdiction Team after being chased into a citrus orchard off the Hummingbird Highway.  According to police, Jeremias and another man approached a vehicle checkpoint in the vicinity of Ringtail when they suddenly made an about-turn.  The men were pursued by the officers who opened fire when they realized that one of the fleeing motorists was armed with what appeared to be a weapon.


ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations, Police Department

“On the nineteenth of August, where MIT personnel were at Ringtail junction conducting operations when a motorcycle ferrying two Hispanic individuals saw the checkpoint and made a u-turn.  They were chased and they eventually entered an orange farm.  The officers noticed that one of them had a rifle on his shoulder and when they arrived at the orange farm and set chase, one of the individuals turned around and took out what appeared to be a firearm to the officer and the officer fired a shot which caught that individual in the right arm, we later learned.  Both of them made good their escape, however, about two p.m. that same day the individual went to the Western Regional Hospital where he was found.  And his name is Juan Jeremias, a twenty-four-year-old Salvadoran [national].  That matter is being investigated at this time.”

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