James Perdue's Deputy-Involved Shooting in Hollywood Quickly Labeled Suicide by BSO

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The intersection of A1A and Evans St, near where James Purdue was shot by BSO deputies
The Broward Sheriff's Office is referring to a man shot by deputies in Hollywood on Sunday as "agitated" and "suicidal," but has not released information about his mental condition that would confirm what his intentions were when he allegedly threatened to shoot a cop, evaded deputies in a vehicle chase, and finally faced them down.

James Perdue was 42 years old, and his last known address was at 4630 Johnson Street in Hollywood. He was shot by deputies after 4 p.m. Sunday at A1A and Evans Street in Hollywood. Shots were reportedly fired by Sgt. Tom McPartland and Dep. Ray Herrera, who were placed on administrative leave after the shooting according to BSO policy.

"This is a person who was suicidal, he wanted to kill himself and he
decided to have a deputy do it," BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella told NBC Miami early this morning, before Perdue's identity was released. A BSO press release begins,

An agitated, suicidal man prompted Broward Sheriff's Office deputies to fire shots at him Sunday on State Road A1A in Hollywood as nearby beach-goers enjoyed the sunny afternoon. The man died at the scene, and A1A remained closed for hours as BSO investigated.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, a caller phoned BSO's Communications Center to report that there was a suicidal, armed man in the Winn Dixie parking lot at 308 E. Dania Beach Blvd. in Dania Beach. The caller said the man had threatened "to kill a cop." Deputies responded to the location, but the man had already left. They found him a few minutes later in a parking lot near the Dania Beach Pier. Deputies attempted to talk him into surrendering peacefully, but he refused.

A short vehicular chase ensued, and ended him telling the deputies that they were going to have to shoot him. McPartland and Herrera said they saw Perdue reaching behind his back for what may have been a weapon, and they opened fire.

While this shows the signs of a classic "suicide by cop," as such instances are known, BSO has not released any information about Perdue's mental health that would reveal suicidal tendencies. Because an investigation is underway, further information about Perdue's communications to the deputies is not yet available. "Investigators are not releasing specific details because they still have statements to take," said a BSO representative.

Update 12:30 p.m.: Perdue was also facing charges of probation violation relating to a drug-possession case from July 2009. Sunrise police found Perdue with unprescribed Alprazolam (Xanax), used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks, and Carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant.

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Mark Richardson
Mark Richardson

Matt was my cousin, And I loved that man! He Rocked ... He will be missed! Mark Richardson.... If anyone would like to talk please feel free to call 214-962-6385

LLC
LLC

The problem stems from the police and government involving themself (and us unthinkingly involving them) in too many aspects of our lives. The more we show a "need for so called Police protection" the more they take liberties with our lives (which includes taking lives - as you can see). We should reject the need for police involvement in our personal lives - unless an actual crime is being commited! Over time ( the past 20- 30 yrs or so) we have allowed them in. Now they search our cars, search our homes, whatever they want... because we've let them do it. You probably wont hear much about cases like Matts as they're "all suicides" according to the police establishment - more corrupt than some of the criminals out there. The cops shouldn't be involved in anything except crimes... and only if we want them involved. We need to stop making their forces larger and consintrate more on getting them to do the work that they should be and what we want them to do only. They're playing cops. Pretending to be good guys in a broken world... and according to them, some time that means shooting people - Even when they are Un-Armed!!!! These cops need to pay dearly for what they have done to this man and his family! Instead of Protect and Serve they're on a mission to Search and Destroy. What happened to Officer Friendly?....... He'll shoot you - That's what!

Take back the powers we've given our government - from White House on down to the local Police station. It's out of control - and we're all in harms way!!! When they shoot people for no good reason and start saying it's their fault - watch out. Out of Control! These cops can never be allowed on the street again!

Deannarabalais
Deannarabalais

it has always been my understanding that police were supposed to serve and protect. I have always thought of police as heroes. And I still believe that most of them are. However, the officers that shot Matt were not heroes. And they certainly weren't protecting anyone. There was no immediate threat. Matt was the person that needed help. Shame on them for trying to blame a man that was clearly needing help for their awful unjust mistake. They have been trained not to have "knee jerk" reactions and that is exactly what happened. This is an awful tragedy for everyone...so sad.

LLC
LLC

This man was my cousins husband. I always remember him as a cool tempered great guy. Certainly the failing economy, lack of work to support your family, other issues combined with any drug or alcohol use or abuse to ease the pain could cause someone to say they want to harm themself. Police are supposed to be we'll versed (trained) in this... they deal with it almost daily. Note to Cops - Unless you see a weapon, don't shoot to kill! They have destroyed a father, a husband and entire families by their "over reaction". If they had to shoot they are supposed to be able put the bullet where ever they want... in tight groupings (that's what they practice at the range)... so you shoot a knee cap or a thigh... but UNTIL you can verify if the man has a weapon YOU DONT KILL HIM! Dont let the cops call it a suicide by Cop - BS. If it's not murder, it's at least manslaughter. The man needed help, not a firing squad. Before you know it they be shooting anybody, because they can just say you made a move... you looked like you had a gun....... what does someone who looks like they have a gun look like? If any 2 other people shot each other the police would get the report and everyone would know within a few minutes or at least by the 11 o'clock news what happened, but because cops killed someone... we don't know all the facts yet... until they decide what those facts are... that is! They're hiding behind the bogus Suicide By Cop claim instead of accepting responsibility for shooting a man prematurely!

Chaz Stevens
Chaz Stevens

The man committed suicide. 7 times. 6 times after he was already dead. And damned if I know how, but the murder weapon ended up in the other room.

PO'D
PO'D

This man was my uncle....... I can't say much about what's going on, but I can say DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN THE PRESS. My uncle was a good man and a wonderful father to his children. You people (press) are trying to make him out to be a monster of sorts when nothing is further from the truth. This man was a GOOD MAN. NOT A CRIMINAL.

nanook5
nanook5

whatever happened to tasers..?

Kitty_kat_girl
Kitty_kat_girl

Im so sorry for your loss. I knew Matt for a short amount of time and he was very sweet.. I wont write to much... But I understand his pain and what he was going through at the time.  I'm suffering in the same way... I wish his life didnt have to come to an end because of it. May God Bless You & Your Family ... Marianne Shane on Face book

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

Compared to other cities where I've worked, the aftermath of a police shooting in Broward is incredibly opaque. BSO declines to provide information at first due to an "investigation," and by the time it's available every media outlet has moved on. BSO is not used to continued media scrutiny on a low-profile shooting, and is not set up to handle it. That's why you get a cheekily written press release, calling it suicide—that has traditionally, unfortunately, been enough of an answer for media outlets here.

PO'D
PO'D

Thank you.....

Richard Ahlquist
Richard Ahlquist

R.A matt was a good guy just got on the pain pills & lost everything.

nanook5
nanook5

anyone who pays attention to police conduct in regards to shootings knows better than to believe a police report. i'd be very interested to hear from witnesses, there must have been quite a few. your uncle is not the only person to experience police misconduct in broward county...

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

@PO'D: We would like to tell your uncle's story, and we fully realize that a police press release cannot encapsulate what was going on in his life.

Please send me an e-mail directly: http://www.browardpalmbeach.co...

PO'D
PO'D

Further more, why is it that this took place between 4pm and 5pm yet it was still undetermined if there was a weapon at the scene of the crime at 10pm? You mean to tell me you really don't know if there was a weapon, a life threatening weapon, within 5 hours?

Chaz Stevens
Chaz Stevens

Sorry to hear that...

My previous comment was a slight against BSO and not the deceased.

BNA
BNA

i hope it gets better chaz im chris girl.. this is all really messed up i dont care what any of these people say i dont even think he had a weapon on him for all we know as dirty as people are getting these days they probally planted it on him if he did have anything.. please keep yalls head up im really worried bout nana an papaw i love nana to death an with all papaws health probs goin on he really dont need this at all.. please tell them all i love them and hope it gets better.. your uncle deserves his justice an thats what he will get.. we love u guys

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