An arrest was made after the police were admitted to the hospital due to illegal drug exposure

Reports from the Gainesville Police Department state that on Sunday, August 28, at approximately 10 a.m., GPD officers were dispatched to a location at 1614 West University Avenue. An employee reported that a suspect was stealing, making threats and damaging store property.

GPD reports that the employee was able to provide a description of the suspect, who was later identified as Reginald Turner Jr. Responding officers located and arrested Turner in the area of ​​1300 West University Avenue. After being handcuffed, Turner pulled away and attempted to run.


Officers gave chase soon after and Turner was recaptured. Turner was in possession of various suspected drugs, including a white powdery substance that GPD has not officially identified at this time.

The arresting officer then transported Turner to jail while the assistant officer turned the evidence into GPD Property and Evidence secure storage. At approximately 11:33 a.m., the officer stationed at GPD Property and Evidence radioed for EMS.

Reports state that dispatchers recognized possible distress and relayed that information to responding personnel and the officer was transported to the hospital.

Shortly thereafter, the arresting officer at the jail also began experiencing negative health symptoms and was administered Narcan. EMS responded and transported the officer to the hospital.

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Turner was also brought to the hospital from prison where he was physically combative and striking nurses. Turner was brought under the Baker Act and a sworn complaint was filed on the criminal charges.

Tuesday, August 30, an arrest warrant was signed and issued by the Honorable Judge Phillip Pena, with bail set at $18,500. On Friday, September 2, Turner came to GPD to collect his property and was subsequently arrested on his active warrant.

Investigation incident to arrest, Turner had more of a white powder like substance on his face. Regarding his active warrant. The receiver has been charged for:

Possession of a controlled substance, resisting without violence, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, and petty theft.

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As previously reported both GPD officers were released from the hospital on the same day of the incident and continue to do well as of today.

GPD says they are grateful for the quick actions of their fellow law enforcement officers, ASO Jail Staff, EMS, hospital staff and Dispatchers. GPD would also like to highlight to the community the dangers of illegal drugs and chemicals. Even a small exposure has been shown to cause serious medical complications.

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