Florida man shot at by police in front of daughter

Jacksonville, FL — A Jacksonville man was shot at by police officers while he was next to his young daughter inside his car.

Brian Dennison says he was just outside his vehicle when an officer fired at him. He told News4JAX he couldn’t help but think that he or his daughter had been hit.

Investigators said the officer believed Dennison had a small handgun, but he was unarmed.

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Dennison was ultimately arrested and taken to the Duval County Jail for knowingly driving with a suspended license.

“Last night was very scary,” Dennison told News4JAX. “I had my daughter in the car with me, coming home from the basketball court, and she was having an asthma attack at the time. I was trying to rush her back to the house.”

The father said he was rushing home when a police officer tried to pull him over. Dennison says he got out of his car with his hands up, attempting to explain to the officer and alert him to the emergency.

Dennison said the officer then continued to walk toward him while he was holding his daughter and explaining when the officer took a shot at him.

Authorities say that when Dennison exited the car, the officer believed he had a small handgun and said that he was not holding his daughter.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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