Friday, December 14, 2012
26-year-old Nicholas R. Cannady (resident of 351 Crossings Blvd.) remains hospitalized in critical condition at Orange Park Medical Center this morning following an officer-involved shooting overnight (see original release below). When Cannady pointed a gun at the responding CCSO deputy (26-year-old Deputy Reginald Hyatt), the deputy fired his weapon at Cannady three times. Deputy Hyatt performed first aide on Cannady while fire/rescue personnel were in route.
Deputy Reginald Hyatt was hired by the Clay County Sheriff's Office in March 2011. While with our agency for less than two years, Deputy Hyatt has already received citizen commendations and was named Deputy of the Month in June 2012 for his work to identify and arrest suspects in a rash of auto burglaries committed in two counties. Per our agency's standard procedure following an incident of this type, Deputy Hyatt will have three days paid administrative leave. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) did respond to the scene at our agency's request and will be responsible for investigating the shooting incident.
MEDIA RELEASE December 13, 2012
Shortly after 10pm on Thursday evening (tonight) Clay County deputies were called to an apartment in Orange Park regarding a man who was acting suicidal. The location of the apartment is 351 Crossings Boulevard off Wells Road. When the deputy arrived the man approached the deputy outside the apartment in the breezeway armed with a gun. The deputy fired three shots, seriously wounding the man. The 26-year-old man was taken to Orange Park Medical Center where he is being treated. It is not yet known if the man fired the weapon. The deputy was not injured. The female resident (original caller/wife) was not injured. It is our agency's normal procedure to request FDLE to handle the investigation into any officer-involved shooting and we have notified FDLE about tonight's incident.
The name, age and basic employment history of the involved deputy will be released later on Friday morning. The name and updated condition of the man shot by the deputy will be released in the morning as well. CCSO Colonel Craig Aldrich is at the scene now and is available to speak to responding media.