Monday, March 12, 2012
Officer Involved Shooting at CCSO’s OP Location
49-year-old Joanne Beardsley of Jacksonville (7577 Springer Place) was shot and killed Saturday (March 10th, 2012) morning at 6am by a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy after she approached the deputy with a gun drawn and refused to put the weapon down. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the CCSO Orange Park Operations Center.
Two CCSO members, Deputy Chris Ruby and Deputy J.D. Wilson, were at the end of their overnight shift and had just pulled into the parking lot when Wilson noticed a woman at the front door of the closed building. Deputy Ruby exited the patrol car and approached the woman to ask if she needed assistance. Without warning, the woman raised her arm, began shouting and pointing a revolver-style handgun at Deputy Ruby. In response, Deputy Ruby drew his weapon and gave several verbal commands for her to lower and drop the weapon. When she refused and continued towards him he fired his weapon, shooting her. Beardsley died at the scene.
While speaking to members of the press at the scene Saturday, CCSO Col. Craig Aldrich explained that FDLE was on scene and would be the agency investigating this officer-involved shooting. That is standard procedure. Based on the information available to him, Aldrich described the incident as a possible “suicide by cop”, a phrase commonly used to describe when a person is suicidal and purposely threatens a law enforcement officer to prompt or cause their own death. The FDLE will be the source of any further information regarding the type and caliber of weapon used by Beardsley. Deputy Ruby, a nine-year member of the CCSO, was placed on paid administrative leave for three days which is also standard procedure.