Bicyclist accused of shooting at Leesburg officer arrested, police say

Police: Man found inside Leesburg home two days after shooting

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

LEESBURG, Fla. - A bicyclist accused of firing a gun at a Leesburg police officer Monday during a traffic stop was arrested Wednesday, according to officials with the Leesburg Police Department.

The incident occurred at 10:37 p.m. when the officer attempted to stop the bicyclist, later identified as Jonathan Harris, 24, for a traffic violation near U.S. Highway 441 and Lake Street, according to the police report.

Harris rode over to the grassy shoulder of the road and began “fidgeting” with his hooded jacket and failed to obey commands from the officer to show his hands, police said.

The officer called for backup and continued to ask Harris to show his hands. At that time, Harris put his left hand in the air before he turned around and fired once at the officer, hitting the windshield of the patrol car.

The officer returned fire, but Harris was not struck, officials said.

Harris ran away and the officer chased him on his patrol car, but couldn't find him. K-9 teams from Leesburg and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office helped search for him, as well as helicopter units, but failed to locate him.

Harris' bicycle and cellphone, which had a photo of him as the device's home screen, were recovered during the search, police said.

On Wednesday, officers located Harris at a home in the 1000 block of East Line Street and arrested him, according to the arrest report.

Harris was arrested on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, resisting an officer with violence and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the report.

Harris is being held on a $820,000 bond.

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