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    Officer kills suspect in struggle

    ©Associated Press
    December 24, 2002

    JACKSONVILLE -- A police officer shot and killed a suspect after the two struggled following a foot chase, officials said.

    Ricardo Oliver, 22, was shot twice by Officer R.P. Buoye, Chief Gordon Bass said Monday. He did not know where Oliver was shot.

    Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Director Frank Mackesy said that about 10 p.m. Sunday, two Jacksonville police officers tried to stop a vehicle that was leaving a "suspicious area." When it was pulled over, the driver fled on foot.

    Buoye pursued the man on foot for three or four blocks, according to Mackesy. Oliver was shot as he and Buoye struggled. Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, the fifth fatal shooting by a Jacksonville police officer this year. The fourth was in November, when a police SWAT team shot and killed a man they said raised a weapon at officers who entered his house.

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