Police Kill Armed Man After Standoff; Gunman Now Identified

Jacksonville police say one of their officers shot and killed an armed man on Gum Branch Road this morning.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson identified the dead man as Samuel Jarolim. He said the 30-year-old man lived at Azalea Gardens Apartments.

Police say a 911 call just after 8:00 a.m. reported an armed man at the apartment complex. When officers got there they found a man who was armed with several weapons.

Police say they ordered the man several times to drop the weapons, but they say he advanced toward them.

The department says a single shot from an officer killed the man. The officer has been placed on administrative duties until the department completes an internal investigation into the shooting.

It happened during morning rush hour on Gum Branch Road, which is a major five-lane road in the city.

Todd Devita, manager of the car wash, says he saw a man on the side of the road with a rifle pointed at police. He told WITN News that all of a sudden he heard one single shot.

"It's scary but I'm glad the cops were there. You don't see this in daily life, it's like a TV show, like cops or something", Devita told WITN.

Police have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting.

Hudson says the SBI investigation should be complete by next week. He will then review their findings to determine whether any charges should be brought against the officer.

Friday afternoon police and SBI agents were seen at an apartment at Azalea Gardens collecting evidence. It is believed that apartment belonged to Jarolim.


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  • by Kerry Location: Long Island, NY on Aug 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    Well, what ever happened to shoot to wound? But, if you think about it, the Police just saved taxpayers the expense of a Court trial and whatever other costs would be involved, i.e. medical competency and the likes
  • by MRE Location: Jacksonville on Aug 18, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    The only weapon a police officer should carry is a gun. NLW's are for riot situations not patrol. You liberal tree hugging hippies are idiots that don't have enought sense to see the overall picture of law enforcement, war, ect. Good job JPD!! If you idiots want to help the family so much then quit writing dumb comments and go help them. They do have unexpected exspenses now you know. My sympathy goes out to the family and to the officer who has to live the fact he killed a man for the rest of life.
  • by Betsy Location: Jacksonille on Aug 18, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    well here we go with the hind site 20/20 people that have never been under the gun!they live in the CSI play TV land world ,walk the streets at night ,sleep with their windows open and trust the people that knock on their door just to use the phone.check it out it is illegal to go armed to the terror of the public. that officer did exactly what he was trained to do. there are the few that will do just that and I applaude the ones that can make that to make that decision in an instant. thats right in an instant Could you.......? I would and have!
  • by Amie Location: Jacksonville on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:11 PM
    WOW. It amazes me how cold people can be. You are making a lot of snap decisions on what was reported on the news - and of course we all know how accurate they are right . . . For those of us who knew and loved Sam, we can honestly say the man you read about is not Sam. He would give you clothes off his back. He was extremely intelligent, analytical, charismatic and charming. Even if he wasn't having a "great" day, he still had that smile on his face. For those of you who are making your nasty comments, I just pray that you never lose someone you love to such a confusing situation. Because there will be someone out there that will replicate your messages. But perhaps maybe you can just decide to be a human and just allow the family and friends to see nice wonderful things about their son, brother, uncle, friend. To Mr. and Mrs. Jarolim, Francine and family, just remember Sam and know that nasty insignificant comments such as these would have never have made Sam blink an eye!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2009 at 06:40 PM
    There was no way that the officers could have known that he didn't have bullets. He waved the guns in a threatening manner and they acted accordingly. As far as the officers could tell, he was about to "light up the neighborhood" with gunfire. They acted upon that threat in order to save innocent lives.
  • by Carly Location: Seattle, WA on Aug 17, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    I wish I could be there for his services tonight. I will be thinking of you guys Fran, Chris, Darcy & Dad. R.I.P Sam I love you!!! CJ
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    We know it did it to himself, that it understood. We just don't want to see hime trashed & he wasn't a "whack-job" thank you very much!!!!
  • by ANON Location: Jax on Aug 17, 2009 at 02:52 AM
    These comments are ridiculous!!! Yes, his family and friends will mourn his loss, BUT HE did this to himself! That officer acted well within his right and anyone that doen't think so should walk a mile in his shoes. TOO many naive people here- "just wound him," "Taze him." Horse crap, you ever point a gun at ANYONE, you better be ready to use lethal force. And by him having a firearm or not, he was offering lethal force to someone- and he was met with like force. I think everyone needs to just think about all the whack-jobs out there now adays and pay your taxes so we have properly trained officers on the force, as we obviously did here! Thank You for keeping us safe JPD.
  • by Francine Location: Jacksonville on Aug 16, 2009 at 11:38 PM
    To anonymous at 1:00.....I am Sam's sister and I am in full agreement with my mother. I will forever miss my brother and fully realize the mistakes he made that terrible day. But in his defense, I think it would have been really difficult for him to "light up a neighborhood" with NO BULLETS.....
  • by ThinBlueLine Location: Eastern NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    Rules of engagement? Taser? Non-Lethal action? Yes, there are certain levels of actions and Sam took his threat to the highest level...deadly force was used to eliminate a deadly threat. This officer saved countless lives. People like you are the ones who are uneducated when it comes to law enforcement and the responsibility we have of protecting you. I feel for Sam's family and his mothers posting is very touching. Sam is not here to say why he did this but may God give his mother the strength and comfort to move forward with her life. She seems to be one of the most caring and understanding people on the face of this earth. I won't post another comment about this story because her comment says it all!
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