PENSACOLA — A Pensacola police officer was placed on leave after running over and killing a bicyclist he was pursuing.
Authorities say 35-year-old Jerald Ard was following a man from a construction site Saturday. Ard flashed his lights, but the unidentified victim didn’t pull over.
Investigators say Ard unsuccessfully shot a stun gun out his window. The suspect then turned into a parking lot, crashed his bicycle and was run over by Ard’s car.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement wouldn’t release details, but witnesses told The Pensacola News Journal the police cruiser jumped a curb and dragged the man 10 to 15 feet.
The FDLE is investigating use of force, and the Highway Patrol is handling the crash.