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FIRST ON WITN: Deadly Police Shooting Justified

The district says a Jacksonville police officer acted properly when they shot and killed an armed man last week.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson says while the shooting was tragic it was justified. Samuel Jarolim was shot outside of the Azalea Gardens Apartments Friday morning. He made that determination after receiving a preliminary SBI report on the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Ernie Lee says Jarolim went to Wal-Mart earlier in the morning where he purchased shotgun shells. He said shortly before 8:00 a.m. the 911 center received a call from Jarollim, where he made references to killing cops and shooting around the neighborhood.

Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero said his department has classified the shooting a police-assisted suicide.

"The evidence indicates that Mr. Jarolim engaged in a conscious life-threatening behavior to the degree that it compelled the police officers to respond with deadly force. It's unfortunate whenever our officers are put in a situation in which they have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to use deadly force." said the chief.

Authorities also played a video tape at a news conference Thursday morning of events that led up to the shooting as captured by a dash-mounted camera in a patrol car.

Jarolim had several guns, one of them was loaded. Police say several times they ordered the 30-year-old man to drop the guns, but he continued toward them.

The man was shot once by a police-issued shotgun.

Jarolim's family told WITN that he was bipolar, on medication for the condition and they don't believe he meant to harm anyone.

Chief Yaniero says the officer, who was placed on administrative duty after the shooting, has returned to regular duty.


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