An armed Florida man was seen jumping from a two-story apartment and then being shot by an officer in police bodycam video released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the girlfriend of 23-year-old Darius Robinson ended their relationship and moved out of their apartment weeks before the shooting incident that occurred on April 30. The girlfriend alleged that she broke up with Robinson over what police described as his "spiraling use of the drug MDMA and escalating paranoia." Police said that the girlfriend claimed that Robinson had "become increasingly jealous and had exhibited erratic behavior."
The night before the shooting, the girlfriend claimed that Robinson messaged her from an unknown Instagram account and said he was coming to her place of employment. She reportedly replied that she did not want any contact with him.
Around 4:50 a.m. on April 30, Robinson's mother called the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to inform authorities that armed men allegedly entered her son's apartment. Robinson reportedly told his mother that he locked himself in his bedroom. The mother provided police with her son's phone number.
A police dispatcher called Robinson and he said that there were armed individuals outside his bedroom door. Robinson, as well as his stepfather, informed the police that he was armed with a gun. Officers asked Robinson to leave the apartment, but he refused.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said, "Around 5:30 a.m. Officer S.C. Carolan walked to the back of Robinson’s apartment to see if he could see any activity within it. Officer Carolan observed that the apartment was locked and deadbolted."
Carolan claimed that he could see Robinson near a window in his apartment holding a firearm. However, Carolan said that he did not see any evidence that there were armed men in the apartment.
At 6:26 a.m., Carolan was in the back of Robinson's apartment when he heard glass breaking.
Seconds later, Robinson leaped from the window of his second-story apartment. While jumping, Robinson fired a shot. After Robinson landed on the ground, Carolan yelled, "Put!" The officer then fired three shots at Robinson. The armed man fell to the ground, and the officer handcuffed him before rendering medical aid.
Robinson was rushed to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. He underwent surgeries for multiple gunshot wounds.
Crime scene detectives found a 9MM handgun allegedly owned by Robison in the grassy area behind the apartment, as well as a bullet casing from the shot that was fired.
Police confirmed that there were no other people in Robinson's apartment.
There will be an independent inquiry into the officer-involved shooting, and a review of Officer Carolan's actions by the state attorney's office. There will also be an investigation carried out by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to determine if Carolan's actions were "within agency policy."
You can watch the graphic bodycam video on the YouTube page of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
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