Family Says Gunman Shot By Police Didn't Mean Harm

The family of a man shot and killed by a Jacksonville Police officer Friday morning on Gum Branch Road during a standoff describe him as the life of the party, charismatic, loving, and caring.

The family of 30 year-old Samuel Jarolim also say he was bipolar and on medication for the condition.

Jarolim lived with his parents and was by himself for the weekend when he found three guns -- a 38 special, a rifle and a shotgun, belonging to his father. The family says they believe their son hit a low point when he stood on the street and pointing the weapons.

They say he had no intent to hurt anyone-- since he didn't have ammunition to the weapons.

The family says they understand how the community could have been more than frightened Friday morning, but hope citizens can realize they are grieving too after losing a family member.


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  • by Darcy Location: Jax, N.C. on Sep 5, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    Thank you so much, Pat, Shaun & Marki. You knew Sam best and your words are more comforting than you'll ever know!
  • by PATRICK Location: DELAHANTY on Sep 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. I HAVE ALOT OF GREAT MEMORIES WITH SAM AND I WILL CHERISH WHAT I HAVE. SAM WAS ALWAYS A GOOD FRIEND TO ME AND WE WERE SUPPOSE TO JOIN THE MARINE CORPS TOGETOTHER BUT HE HAD GOT INTO A ACCIDENT THAT I HAD PREVENT HIM FOR GOING IN. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER BROTHER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY
  • by Marki and Shaun Location: Olympia, WA on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Our hearts go out to the Jarolim family. A wonderful life lost at such an early age... We have so many great memories of Sam and we will cherish all of those times we spent with him. He was always a great person and friend to be around ... There was always laughter when Sam was around. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  • by C on Aug 23, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    To all of you that say the police should not shoot to kill:NEWS FLASH:Only movie/TV police "shoot to kill" or "shoot to wound".REAL police shoot to STOP.If the armed offender dies later as a result,that is a consequence they brought upon themselves.You don't go up against a gun using only a taser!!You meet force with equal force.I guarantee that not one of you know-it-all critics of the police have the guts to take on their jobs yourselves.You know nothing about what their job is truly like,and you don't take the risks that they take either.Yet,you're more than willing to hide behind the safety of your keyboards and tell them how to do a job that you don't understand.Until you have gone through the training,put on the uniform,worn the badge and carried the gun,your opinions on how the police should or should not do their jobs are worthless.
  • by Francine Location: Jacksonville NC on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Thank you to cousin Linda and Barb for the nice thoughts you shared with us. Barb, I must clarify that Sam had high highs and low lows. He did not spend his every waking moment being "very sick". How do you think he functioned working 40 plus hours a week and grew to meet friends from Olive Garden that loved him, including customers he served (who came to his memorial???)? He had attempted suicide in his life but it had been quite awhile. He was bipolar and he struggled to stay off of alcohol and sometimes drugs. He wanted more than anything to win the fight over these but he just could not. You did not know the brother that I did. I have so many happy memories with him and some sad ones too. I would like to focus on the good in him instead of sharing details that really don't matter anymore and are no ones business anyways. Some of the comments you made are not from anything recent in his life. I'm having a hard enough time defending him against the world...
  • by Laura Location: somewhere NC on Aug 19, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    I have to say that I certainly sympathize with this family. Having a family member with BiPolar Disorder is no easy task. I know first hand; my son has BiPolar. He will be 21 in October. Danielle Steals son, Nick Traina, had BiPolar also and committed suicide when he was 21. My son has tried several times. My heart goes out to this family and all their friends.
  • by Barb Location: Washington state on Aug 18, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    I have to agree with the comment made by Linda from Ohio. Walk a mile in that family's shoes, people, and then make a judgement. I am Sam's cousin and I know the full story. Sam was a very sick young man. He had been suicidal for several years, and he was bi-polar. The prognosis for his future was not at all positive, with one mental health person going so far as to say, "Sam will eventually kill himself." Sam's family had to live with this thought every single day of their lives. But Sam would never intentionally hurt anyone. When he pointed that gun, he was asking to be shot and killed. This was the only way he knew how to escape his own pain. Please people, understand that he came from a wonderful family and had a fantastic upbringing. His parents even gave up their home and careers in Washington State to move here and help Sam. In the end, Sam found a way out of his life, right or wrong. There was nothing anyone could do.
  • by cop's wife Location: nc on Aug 18, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    This is a sad story for all involved. However, let's not lose sight of the reality of the situation (many points have been made earlier about this so I won't waste time repeating them). Anyone that is an officer or has a family member who is in law enforcement understands how officers are out there each day risking their lives to protect the lives of others. They have split seconds to use their training to make life and death decisions that will protect their lives and the lives of others. It is sad that a life was lost, but the officer did what he was trained to do.
  • by Linda Location: Ohio on Aug 18, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    Hey Chris from Greenville and all the rest of you who are ignorant about Sam's parents and family. You have no idea what was going on, so you have no right to judge them. Walk a mile in their shoes, then you have a right to your opinion. I don't even know why this "post your comments" feature is even allowed.
  • by Ray Location: jacksonville on Aug 18, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    To the family I give my sympathy. To the Police I give my utmost respect. You did what we pay you for as you are trained to do! To all you liberal hippies, Shut the **** up!!!! Be happy your safe and if you feel so sad for this family quit tlking and go help them!!
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