Video shows psychiatric patient before deputies fatally shot him in Broward incident that has been under investigation for over 2 years
Angela Randall wants justice for her son Jarvis Lewis Randall. Her attorneys recently released surveillance videos showing the last moments of her 30-year-old son’s life before three Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies shot him several times at a mental health facility.
The Dec. 1, 2018 shooting remains under investigation Thursday, so officials haven’t released any records on the case. The grieving mother said her son was receiving inpatient care with 24-hour supervision at the Center for Behavioral Health, a pavilion at the University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac.
“There needs to be teaching on mental health,” Angella Randall said, adding she believes deputies shouldn’t have used deadly force.
Angella Randall, right, shares a family picture with her son Jarvis Randall.
She had asked him to go to Plantation General Hospital for help with depression. She had hoped doctors could stabilize him and help him cope with the mental health symptoms that surfaced after he was released from prison on Aug. 6, 2016. The hospital transferred him to the facility where deputies shot him on Nov. 20, 2018.
Attorney Michael Bernstein, who represents Randall’s estate, questions the facility staff’s decision to call deputies. Jarvis Randall was dealing with the grief of his father’s death on the night he was shot.
“He wasn’t harming anyone,” Bernstein said.
Surveillance video shows Jarvis Randall, an aspiring tattoo artist who loved to draw, was standing at one end of a hallway. There were white pieces of the shattered ceiling light panel on the floor. There was a door between him and a group of BSO deputies.
“They pushed the door open,” Attorney Bakari Sellers, who is working with Berstein, said about the deputies’ actions captured in the surveillance video. “They retreat now so you know they are about to breach or enter.”
The video shows Jarvis Randall picked up a thin pointy piece of the shattered ceiling light panel from the floor and held it up while running. The video doesn’t show when deputies fired at him.
“You have someone who ran away, could not get out as you see the door swing open, every bullet that he takes is on that side of the door,” Sellers said. “If police want to say they felt harm or danger, they put themselves in that harm or danger.”
Fire Rescue personnel airlifted Jarvis Randall to Broward Health North where a doctor pronounced him dead. A 2018 news release from BSO reported he was “armed with an edged-glass weapon,” a “less-lethal alternative did not stop him from charging at deputies,” so “three other deputies fired” their guns.
This is the photo of Jarvis Randall that his family used for his obituary for the Dec. 7, 2018 funeral announcement. He died in a deputy-involved shooting on Dec. 1, 2018.
BSO placed the three deputies on restricted assignment and the trio returned to full duty within days after the administrative review of the incident was completed. Bernstein identified deputies as Christian Silva, Robert O’Dor, and Mitchell Machado.
The Broward County State Attorney’s Office hasn’t concluded a review of the case. And as long as the investigation remains open, it will be hard for Bernstein and Sellers to get the answers Angela Randall seeks.