Lake City, Fla., – UPDATE: Officer Remington “Cody” Chauncey was shot Tuesday morning while conducting a wellbeing check at a home in Lake City.
Officer Chauncey has been an Officer with the Lake City Police
Department since April 2020. Previously, he was an Officer with the Live Oak Police Department. Officer Chauncey is currently undergoing medical treatment but is in stable condition.
Lake City, Fla., –According to a report from the Lake City Police Department, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at approximately 1:37 a.m., the Lake City Police Department responded to the area of NE Webster Ave and NE Jenkins Lane after receiving a report of gunshots in the area. Officers arrived to discover that the home at this location had been hit by gunfire, as there were visible bullet holes in its exterior. Officers attempted to make contact inside the residence to conduct a wellbeing check. As they were on the porch of the residence and knocking at the home’s door, they identified themselves as POLICE, fearing that an occupant of the home may have been shot.
While on the porch knocking on the home’s door, a shot was fired through the door from within the home. One officer was struck by the gunfire. Officers withdrew from the home and the injured officer was taken to the Lake City Medical Center. Officers attempted to make contact with a subject inside the home, who refused to exit. Residents of nearby homes were evacuated for their safety and the areas around the home were secured.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded to the home as well as their Hostage Negotiation Team. Contact was made with Antonio Jennings, who was identified as the shooter. With the assistance of family members, Jennings was convinced to leave the home peacefully and he was taken into custody without further incident after approximately one hour of negotiation.
“Our officers were checking on the residents within a home next to a location where a shooting had just occurred. After identifying themselves, the subject inside the home shot at them through the door,” said Lake City Police Chief Dr. Argatha Gilmore. “Thanks to their training and quick reaction, the injured officer was taken to safety and the scene was secured for further investigation.”
The injured officer was transported out of Lake City for additional medical treatment and was in stable condition. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The situation is still being investigated and additional charges may be announced at a later time. He is currently being held without bond.