Gonzales man allegedly tries to run over police in Florida

Michael Tortorich and Wade McIntyre
Derrick Cox

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola Police filed multiple charges against a Gonzales man who allegedly tried to run over two officers Friday night, authorities said.

Officers shot 39-year-old Derrick Cox, of 2824 South Burnside, Gonzales, three times in the right arm after he tried to run over the two officers while trying to flee the scene, according to police.

Cox's residence is in the Magnolia Crossing apartment complex, but he is originally from Donaldsonville, according to Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson.

Cox has an extensive criminal record with four pending charges and a bench warrant.

The shooting occurred around 9:20 p.m. in a parking lot in the 4000 block of North Davis Highway in Pensacola.

Cox reportedly called police shortly after 9 p.m. and reported under the false name “Mike Taylor” that he had been chased by a woman with a butcher knife at Pensacola Village apartments.

Officers Pat Doyle and Erik Goss were unable to locate either the woman or the man who called at the apartment complex, but they spotted Cox’s truck leaving.

The officers pulled over Cox in the Babe’s Show Club parking lot and discovered he had a suspended driver’s licenese, police said.

Cox allegedly tried to escape by reversing the truck toward Goss.

Police said Goss opened fire on the rear tires of the approaching truck, and Cox changed direction and drove forward toward Officer Shawn Thompson, who also opened fire. Thompson reportedly tried to move out of the path of the vehicle, but the suspect allegedly continued driving toward him.

After Cox was struck three times by gunfire and subdued, he was transported to Baptist Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

The officers involved in the incident were not injured, but have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is a department policy for officers involved in shootings.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, and the Pensacola Police Department is conducting an administrative review.

Cox was charged with two counts of assault on an officer, two counts of resisting with violence, one count of misuse of 911, one count of resisting an officer without violence, and one count of driving with a suspended license.

After Cox was released from the hospital, he was taken to Escambia County Jail. Bond was set at $14,500.