Arrest imminent in unsolved murder of Jared Bridegan

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Florida. – Three law enforcement sources confirmed to News4JAX on Monday evening that there has been a major development in the investigation into the murder of Jared Bridegan, a father of four who was fatally shot in Jacksonville Beach in 2022.

These sources each confirmed that an arrest was imminent, but no further details were provided. News4JAX has requested comment from the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. Supervisors at both offices said they could not comment on the matter.

Jared Bridegan, 33, was shot multiple times at close range while his 2.5-year-old daughter was in the backseat of his SUV around 8 p.m. on February 16 near the Sanctuary neighborhood south of Jacksonville Beach.

The unsolved murder case and the question of “why” still haunts the Jacksonville Beach community and Bridegan’s family.

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“It was such a heinous crime,” Bridegan’s older brother Adam told News4JAX previously. “I mean, the number of times he was shot, just to make sure he was dead, he wasn’t going to be able to recover, and all of us in our family are just devastated.”

Wondering who killed her husband keeps Jared Bridegan’s widow, Kirsten, awake at night.

“I mean, I have my thoughts but those aren’t important,” she told News4JAX last August. “What’s important is that detectives find evidence and come up with clear answers about who did this.”

The murder of Jared Bridegan has drawn national attention as police believe it was a planned and targeted attack. Detectives suspect someone framed Jared Bridegan, who had just dropped off his two older children at their mother’s home in Jacksonville Beach and was driving home to St. Johns County the night of the fatal shooting.

According to detectives, he was driving along a dark stretch between the Sanctuary district and J. Turner Butler Boulevard when he stopped because of a tire on the road, and as he was pulling out, someone ambushed him and shot him several times. Detectives believe the tire was likely planted in the road.

Investigators processed the tire, sent casings to a ballistics lab and searched for a blue 2004-2008 Ford F-150 pickup truck seen in the area around 8 p.m. – when the shooting occurred.

Jacksonville Beach police search truck in Jared Bridegan investigation (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.)

There is a $55,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution for the murder. First Coast Crime Stoppers is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Much of this money was raised privately by the Bridegan family.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, offers an additional $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Arrest imminent in unsolved murder of Jared Bridegan

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