JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking into why three bail bondsmen were wearing masks and all black while searching for a suspect Tuesday morning.
According to John Hartley, JSO Director of Investigations, all three bondsmen were with "Make It Happen Bail Bonds" and showed up at the Mayfair Village apartments on Beach Boulevard early Tuesday morning searching for Frederick Walker, 31, of Jacksonville. Police say he was wanted for attaching an unassigned license plate and driving while his license was revoked.
After some sort of miscommunication at the scene, two of the bond agents were shot by Officer Jason Bailey. One of the men was killed.
According to Director Hartley, Antonio Cooks, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot by Officer Bailey.
Verne Williams, 37, was also shot by officer Bailey and remains in critical condition.
Police say the third bondsman, Rhys Worton, 27, was not injured. Action News is told all three men have local addresses.
Director Hartley says Officer Bailey and the second group of officers were not aware shortly before they arrived, a first set of officers had been there assisting the bond agents with their capture. That first set of officers had left the scene after they determined Walker was not at the apartment.
A short time later, the bond agents called police again for further assistance. But as the second set of officers arrived - a woman from inside an apartment called police stating she believed three men dressed in black and carrying guns were trying to break in to her apartment.
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