A Gretna, Florida woman says she called the police to come assist her 24 year old son take his medication, as she had done in the past. But instead of helping him, one officer showed up and shot him.
The incident occurred Tuesday Oct. 26, around 9:30 am.
Juanita Donald says Sergeant Charles Brown ended up tasing her son Kaldrick Donald repeatedly, and then took him into a bathroom in the families house and shot him multiple times, killing him.
Reasons for the shooting are not clear.
“I heard my baby say, I want my mama after he shot him, and then I didn’t hear anything else,” Juanita Donald said.
Donald says she was “expecting them to take him to the Apalachee Center like before,“ but instead a single officer came and escalated the situation.
“It wasn’t but one officer. Instead of him calling for backup, he took things in his own hands and he goes in the house and he rush him and shoot him.” Juanita affirms. “[He] just grabbed him and he tased him… he rushed my son off in the bathroom and I heard three shots. I was like, you shot my son and he was like, ‘I had to.’ I said,’ no, you didn’t have to.’”
Brown is now on ‘administrative leave.’
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Since the investigation began, we have asked the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist us,” Gretna Police Chief Carlos De La Cruz said.
Police say a struggle with the officer ensued prior to the shooting. An internal review has been launched.
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