Maryland man charged with sex shot dead by police in rural NW Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A man recently charged with multiple sexual charges in Maryland was shot dead Friday morning while Jacksonville Police, US Marshals Service and Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an arrest warrant in a house near the intersection of Jones Road and Garden Street served.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office manager TK Waters identified the man as Arnold Hager, 37, who is in critical condition.

Waters said officers and agents shouted over loudspeakers to Hager to come out just before 9 a.m. with hands up. Instead, two shots were fired from the inside in an unknown direction.

Maryland man charged with sex shot dead by police in rural NW Jacksonville

“He shot out of the trailer in an unknown direction. The officers were outside and they were threatened, ”said Waters.

When the man was seen holding a black pistol, three JSO officers and an FDLE agent returned fire and beat him multiple times, Waters said.

New4Jax spoke to a woman who said she was in the house when the police showed up on Friday morning.


“I was scared, I started crying,” said Amber Clements.

Clements, the fiancé of Hager’s brother, said she needed to speak to JSO downtown after that shooting.

Clements said Hager was originally from Jacksonville but lived in the north. She said he was visiting to help with household chores and had no idea he was wanted on multiple child sexual abuse charges.

Hager has been charged with eight sexual harassment charges in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. News4Jax learned that the victim was a 13-year-old child.

Waters said that the Marshals Felon Apprehension Strike team were tracking the house because a boyfriend lived there, but they said no one else was home during the shooting.

Bullet holes were visible on the side of the house in northwest Jacksonville after the incident.

There Clements said she woke up Friday morning to the police surrounding the house.

“Next, they tell me to come out with my hands up, I’m coming out, they wanted him, they take me away from everything so I really couldn’t see anything and then I hear a couple of gunshots and I … hear him downstairs is, ”said Clements.


No officers were injured in the shooting. The officers who fired shots were on leave pending the completion of the investigation. The officers are not named because the judge ruled that Marcy law protects officers in police shootings.

News4Jax learned that a second person with an injury had been rushed to hospital without a gunshot wound.

This is the fifth time this year JSO has shot someone and the second time officers have issued an arrest warrant.

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