Po­lice kill man out­side home

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Wayne K. Rous­tan Staff writer

Two of­fi­cers shot a man dead out­side his par­ents’ home Satur­day morn­ing af­ter his mother called 911 to say he was threat­en­ing her with a gun, po­lice said.

The of­fi­cers found John Ran­dolph, 38, home alone in the 600 block of West Drive, a neigh­bor­hood west of the Delray Beach Golf Club. His par­ents had left the house be­fore po­lice got there about 6:30 a.m., in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

They tried to talk him out but he was not co­op­er­a­tive, ap­peared ag­gra­vated, shouted and re­fused to come out­side, ac­cord­ing to Mary Ol­son, the in­terim chief of po­lice in Delray Beach.

“He was very much in an ag­i­tated state,” she said. “Among other things he said, he didn’t be­lieve our [uni­formed] of­fi­cers were po­lice of­fi­cers.”

About 7:50 a.m., Ran­dolph fi­nally left the house armed with a hand­gun, Ol­son said.

“Af­ter speak­ing with him at length, he came run­ning out of the home and was shot by our of­fi­cers,” Ol­son said.

Delray Beach Fire Res­cue was called and paramedics pro­nounced Ran­dolph dead about 8 a.m. His gun was re­cov­ered.

Ran­dolph’s body re­mained in the grass near the walk­way

lead­ing up to the front door for more than four hours as in­ves­ti­ga­tors and a med­i­cal ex­am­iner gath­ered ev­i­dence.

“This home and this man is well known to our of­fi­cers,” Ol­son said. “His par­ents are now with our po­lice depart­ment chap­lain and po­lice de­tec­tives.”

Tracy Nixon, a neigh­bor, said the man lived with his par­ents and re­calls po­lice be­ing called to the neigh­bor­hood be­fore.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate,” Nixon said. “[He] had some dif­fi­cul­ties in the past.”

Of­fi­cer Chris­tine Suarez, who was hired in Jan­uary 2004, and Of­fi­cer Tre­mayne Barnes, who was hired in Jan­uary this year, have been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, per depart­ment pol­icy af­ter an of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing, Ol­son said.

The Florida Depart­ment of Law En­force­ment will in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing.

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