University deputy chief fends of carjacker in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The deputy police chief at the University of North Florida used a gun he’d received when he retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to fend off a would-be carjacker.

An armed teenager tried to take Bill Strudel’s SUV while he was running errands Monday night.

Police say a group of young men approached Strudel and demanded the vehicle. One had a gun, which Strudel slapped away. When Strudel tried to smack the gun away a second time, the teen pistol-whipped him. But 67-year-old Strudel pulled his gun and fired, hitting the 15-year-old in the buttocks. Strudel then held the teen at gunpoint until police arrived. The teen was taken for treatment and is in custody.

University police Chief Frank Mackesy told the Florida Times-Union ( Strudel needed numerous stitches.


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