Not even a bullet in the face could stop this Iron Man cop.
Jacksonville, Fla., Officer Jeremy Mason was shot in the chin during a car chase — but continued pursuing a violent felon suspected in two bank robberies, and shot the goon dead, police said.
“We talk a lot about these men and women who put their lives on the line every single day, it’s not a tag line it’s not a slogan, this is an example of that,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said in press conference, Tuesday.
Mason, an 11-year veteran of the force who’s a K9-cop, and other officers were following tips from citizens on two bank robberies when they spotted a suspect and vehicle matching the descriptions.
Three-time convicted felon Michael Joseph Harris, 28, was seen getting out of the car cops said he’d been using to commit the heists, and then into a silver vehicle driven by a woman.
Police pursued Harris and the woman down Old Middleburg road while the cops said he leaned out of the back window and started blasting away, striking Mason.
“Officer Mason was shot during the pursuit, however he continued to pursue the vehicle to its termination point,” Sheriff Williams said.
The chase ended when the woman ran through a stop sign and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Harris then got out of the silver car and kept firing, police said.
Mason and another detective gunned the suspect down.
Williams says Mason is in stable condition but has a long road back to recovery.
“You have an officer who is shot during the pursuit. He continues that pursuit and puts himself between the suspect, who is an incredibly violent felon, and the community and ultimately winds up stopping him from endangering the entire community,” he said.
Mason’s canine partner was not injured in the incident.