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New details released in Brentwood area officer-involved shooting
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New details released in Brentwood area officer-involved shooting

  • PublishedJune 14, 2024



Ray Anthony Ross, 30, was shot & killed by Officer B.L. Rone on May 26. The sheriff’s office says Rone did not turn on his body camera until after the shooting.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New details were shared in a video released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Friday into the deadly Brentwood area officer-involved shooting in May.

Ray Anthony Ross, 30, was shot and killed by Officer B.L. Rone on May 26. According to JSO, Rone turned on his body camera after the shooting.

JSO Chief of Professional Standards Mike Shell said in the video that on the day of the incident at 3:48 p.m., Ross and his brother, Ron Rose, got into an argument. He says Ross, Rose and another man identified as Dannie Demery, were inside of Ross’s vehicle which was stopped at the traffic light in the 3600 block of N. Main Street.

Police say Ross then exited his vehicle while holding a handgun in his left hand.

“Next, he and his half-brother (Rose) began physically struggling over possession of an object inside the vehicle, seemingly pulling it back and forth between them,” Shell said. “While the struggle was occurring, Dannie Demery, who was seated in the front passenger seat, opened his car door and ran away from the vehicle.”

Shell said officer B.L. Rone, who was on-duty in his patrol vehicle nearby, then pulled behind Ross’s vehicle. JSO Director of Investigations and Homeland Security Mark Romano told First Coast News shortly after the incident took place that Rone has been employed with JSO for 16 years.

As Rone stopped his vehicle, he saw Ross “firing multiple shots at the back seat of the vehicle,” according to Shell.

“Officer Rone yelled multiple commands for Ross to drop his gun,” Shell said. “Ross continued to fire towards the vehicle’s back seat and in response, Officer Rone fired his service weapon, striking Ross.”

JSO says Ross then ran to a nearby parking lot and “fell back on the pavement.”

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene and took Ross to a local hospital where he later died, according to police.

Shell said Rose was also taken to the hospital, as he was “suffering from an apparent drug overdose.” He was released later that day, according to Shell.

After Rone activated the body worn camera and more officers arrived, Rose can be heard in the video shouting out different obscenities in the direction of Rone while he stood over Ross.

“But, I love ya” and “he tried to kill me” were two phrases said by Rose.

“His (Ross) criminal history includes arrests for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery on a pregnant female, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, drug possession and driving under the influence,” Shell said in the video.

When crime scene detectives arrived on scene, they found a Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun “that Ross had repeatedly fired into the vehicle,” Shell said. The handgun was located on the parking lot pavement in which Ross had fallen to the ground on. Detectives then found another handgun inside of a bag located on the driver’s seat.

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