Police kill man outside home
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.