Armed theft suspect who was shot lifeless by a Jacksonville police officer on Sunday dies

The suspect had a gun when trying to get into a unit in the Plantation apartments and was shot twice by a JSO detective, Chief TK Waters said.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Editor’s Note: The video above is from an earlier story dated February 21, 2021.

The 37-year-old armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed early Sunday by a Jacksonville detective has died, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Newton Neal’s death was posted on the department’s murder website Tuesday.

After a series of armed robberies, detectives conducted a surveillance operation early Sunday on the 7000 block off South Old Kings Road. Just before 6 a.m., detectives learned of another robbery nearby and spotted Neal rushing past her car. Detective Joseph Bennett was one of the chasers and yelled “Police! Stop! Police!” several times, said chief TK Waters.

The suspect had a gun when trying to get into a unit in the Plantation apartments and was shot twice by Bennett, Waters said. The Smith & Wesson pistol recovered from the scene by police was reported stolen in 2020.

This was Bennett’s first shootout, Waters said. He has been in the department for 12 years. Neal’s last on-the-spot arrest was in 2014 for misrepresenting claims to receive or upgrade unemployment benefits, Duval County Jail records show.

Neal was the first officer to shoot for the sheriff’s office that year. Last year, according to Times-Union records, four suspects were shot dead over the same period. Of the 14 suspects shot dead by Jacksonville police in 2020, nine died, including one who self-inflicted before being beaten by officers.

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