jacksonville beach, florida – Three law enforcement sources told News4JAX Monday night that major progress was being made in the investigation into the 2022 murder of Jared Bridegan, the father of four children shot dead on Jacksonville Beach. It was confirmed.
Each of these sources confirmed that arrests related to the incident have been made and will be announced on Wednesday.
News4JAX has reached out to the state attorney’s office and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department for comment. Supervisors at both firms said they could not comment on the matter.
Jared Bridegan, 33, was shot several times at close range while his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was in the back seat of an SUV. February 16th around 8pm near the Sanctuary District South of Jacksonville Beach.
Unsolved murders and the question of “why” Still haunts the Jacksonville Beach community and the Bridegan family.
Detectives suspect someone set up Bridegan, who had just dropped his two older children off at his mother’s house in Jacksonville Beach and was driving home in St. John’s County on the night of the fatal shooting.
A source confirmed to I-TEAM that the children’s mother — Shanna Gardner Fernandez, Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife — has moved across the country to Benton County, Washington. and husband Mario left their Jacksonville Beach home months after the shooting. She has custody of her older children.
A search of the property records revealed that the home was listed for sale in October 2022, but was delisted in January 2023.
Despite public scrutiny, Gardner Fernandez has maintained her innocence.
Hank Coxe, a prominent Jacksonville attorney representing Gardner-Fernandez, told I-TEAM Monday night that he had no further information about the developments in the case beyond what has been reported.
Detectives said Bridegan was pulled over by a tire on the road while driving on a dark road between the Sanctuary District and J. Turner Butler Boulevard. Detectives believe the tires were likely planted in the road.
Investigators process tires, send bullet casings to ballistics labs, Blue Ford F-150 pickup truck from 2004 to 2008 It was seen in the area around 8pm when the shooting occurred.
I have $55,000 reward for information leading to murder arrest and prosecutionFirst Coast Crime Stoppers is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Much of that money was privately raised by the Bridegan family.
The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Provide an additional $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
“This was a very heinous crime,” Bridegan’s brother Adam previously told News4JAX. “I mean, how many times he’s been shot just to make sure he’s dead, that he can’t recover, and all of us in the family are just devastated.”
Jared Bridegan’s widow, Kirsten, can’t sleep at night wondering who killed her husband.
“I mean, I have my own thoughts, but it doesn’t matter,” she told News4JAX last August. is to find
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