441. Kaldrick Donald 24, (mentally ill) Oct. 28, 2014 Gretna, FL – Kaldrick’s mother, Juanita Donald called the police to assist her and get her son to take his medication, as she had done in the past. Sgt. Charles Brown came out to the house and rather than help he ended up tasing Kaldrick repeatedly, then took him into an isolated bathroom in the family’s home and shot him multiple times, killing him. Brown murdered Donald in the presence his pregnant sister and mother, and no one can even say why. He was completely unarmed, and somehow not completely sane. His mother said “I heard my baby say, I want my mama after he shot him, and then I didn’t hear anything else.” His mother said she was “expecting them to take him to the Apalachee Center like before”, but instead a single officer came and escalated the situation, murdering him in front of his family. Juanita continued to say “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.” She continued to say he “didn’t want to be bothered”, and that he simply walked away from the officer. She says Sergeant Charles Brown “Just grabbed him and he tased him. Then when he grabbed him and 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’, or paid vacation. Murdered by Sgt. Charles Brown Gretna PD
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October 28, 2014
Gretna, FL – A Gretna police officer shot and killed a man inside his home this morning.
We are still waiting to find out the name of the officer involved.
Juanita Donald says she knew her son, Kaldrick Donald, needed his medication because he was cursing at her. That’s why she called the police, expecting them to take him to the Apalachee Center like before. But, this time, the responding officer shot and killed Kaldrick, while his mother and pregnant sister were there.
She says, “I heard my baby say, I want my mama after he shot him, and then I didn’t hear anything else.”
Donald says she called police around 9:30 Tuesday morning because her 24-year-old son had not taken his medication for mental illness.
Police were called to their home on Cornelius Harris Lane, formerly Canty Lane.
Donald says, “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.”
Gretna Police Chief Carlos De La Cruz says, “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.”
Detectives say they’re looking into what led to Donald’s death and why the officer had to shoot.
Juanita says all Donald did was walk off from the officer and said he “didn’t want to be bothered.” She says, “Just grabbed him and he tased him. Then when he grabbed him and 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.”
Donald says her son did not have a weapon.
The officer was taken to the hospital and has been released, but, investigators have not released how he was hurt.
Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young says authorities were called to the same home the night before. He says, “They had a domestic issue. The sheriff’s office looked into that and of course, we were dispatched again here at 9:28 a.m. and the Gretna Police Department responded.”
The officer’s name has not been released.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 28, 2014
GRETNA, Fla. — The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office says that a Gretna Police Officer shot and killed a man while responding to a Baker Act call earlier this morning.
The incident happened on Cornelius Harris lane.
24-year-old Kaldrick Donald’s mother told WCTV that she called police to help her with her son because he hadn’t taken his medicine. She also said that she expected them to take him to the Apalachee Center like they normally do.
She was in the house along with her pregnant daughter during the incident.
Gretna’s police chief says the officer is in the hospital and in stable condition and authorities say he was not shot. A GCSO spokesperson wouldn’t say what caused the officer to shoot.
Gretna Police, GCSO and FDLE are currently investigating.
October 29, 2014
Gretna, FL – The name of the officer who shot and killed a man in Gretna while responding to a call Tuesday has been released. The chief says it’s Sergeant Charles Brown.
The investigation into the shooting, as well as the murder-suicide the night before, has residents in disbelief..
With crime tape surrounding a church and more just blocks away blocking off a home, in a town as small as Gretna, Florida in Gadsden County, residents feel like it’s a crime scene at every turn.
Gretna resident Francisco Chambers says, “I’ve never experienced this. Never. Not in Gretna. It ain’t but 7,000 people here.”
Monday night, a man and woman were found dead at a building at Glory Apostolic Faith Temple Church off Fourth Street. Police say it was a murder-suicide.
By 9:30 Tuesday morning, 24-year-old Kaldrick Donald was dead in his home on Cornelius Harris Lane. He was shot by SGT Charles Brown. Authorities say Brown was responding to a 911 call because of Donald’s mental illness.
Residents say the two tragedies are bad enough, but the fact that they happened less than 24 hours apart, makes it more unbelievable.
Gretna resident Martha Clark says, “Stuff like this has never happened back to back like that. You hear about people dying, not about people getting shot or killed.”
The police say because the department does not have the capacity to handle the murder-suicide, the case has been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
FDLE is also investigating Donald’s death.
Chambers says, “Gretna has made more action in the last 24 hours than it has in the last 55 years. I’ve been here 55 years, so I can’t figure this out.”
The names in the murder-suicide have not been released. Neither have details of the events leading up to Sergeant Brown shooting Kaldrick Donald.
SGT Brown is on administrative paid leave until the conclusion of the investigation.
Thank you WCTV Eyewitness News
October 29, 2014
GRETNA, Fla. — Gretna Police Chief Carlos De La Cruz has identified the officer involved in Wednesday’s shooting.
De La Cruz says that the officer that was involved in the shooting was Sergeant Charles Brown.
Brown is currently on paid administrative leave. He will remain on leave until the Florida Department of Law Enforcement completes its investigation.
Other details about Sgt. Brown, including how long he has been with the department, are not available at this time.
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October 29, 2014
The screams and cries from 24-year-old Kaldrick Donald’s family could be heard as a hearse pulled away Tuesday afternoon with his body inside.
Wayna Ward, family friend said, “I felt like he shouldn’t of got shot like that, not shot down like a dog in his own house.”
Early Tuesday morning Donald was shot and killed at his home on Cornelius Harris Lane.
The Gadsden County Sheriff’s office tells us they had received a call from Donald’s mother saying her son needed to be taken to a mental hospital.
Once the officer got to Donald’s house, he and the officer got into a fight.
Investigator Ulysses Jenkins of Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office said, “The police officer arrived, a struggle ensued and from that point during the altercation and suspect is now deceased.”
Authorities are still investigating the incident, saying their thoughts are with the family and friends of both parties involved.
“Our hearts and minds are with them during this time, it’s a very troubling incident but we’re doing everything we can to support the officer and the family,” said Jenkins.
The officer, who’s name has not been released was also injured during that altercation and taken to a near-by hospital.
The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office says the officer was released from the hospital this afternoon.