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Gretna Family Will File Lawsuit After Son Shot And Killed By Police

The family of Kaldrick Donald believes a Gretna police officer wrongly killed their son during a routine call to ensure Donald took medication.
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The family of 24-year-old Kaldrick Donald plans to take legal action after Donald was shot and killed in their home by a Gretna law enforcement officer.  The lawsuit will follow an ongoing investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Early in the morning, October 28th, Gretna Police sergeant Charles Brown responded to the home of Kaldrick Donald.  The family’s attorney, Craig Brown says Donald’s mother called the police for help getting Donald to take his medication, “which she had done in the past, without any incident.” 

“Law enforcement had come out and would see to it that he would either take his medication, or would go ahead and get him over to the Apalachee Center,” Brown says.

After a struggle, Sergeant Brown shot and killed Donald.  State officials are conducting the investigation, and when it concludes the state attorney will present the evidence to a grand jury.  That jury will determine whether to press charges against the officer, but such charges are exceedingly rare.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.