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Suspect in Bradenton police-involved shooting released on own by Blake hospital, arrested moments later

MANATEE -- The man injured in a police-involved shooting, after trying to run the officer over, has been arrested after a local hospital released him -- but not to the custody of police, who had several known warrants for his arrests.

Jarques Randall, 23, was released from Blake Medical Center Friday after recovering from gunshots wounds he received Jan. 8 when he tried to run over a Bradenton police officer with his car.

Bradenton police officers had shown up Friday to check on Randall, but were told by hospital staff that he had already been released. Because of HIPAA laws, staff would not tell the officers when he had been released, however.

"Luckily we found him going out the front door," Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said. "We understand HIPAA laws, but there is also a public safety issue."

Radzilowski said he is not jumping to assign any blame or criticizing the hospital, but had already reached out to the hospital's CEO Friday afternoon after learning what had occurred.

"I am not happy about this at all," he said.

Randall was taken into custody and is now being held at the Manatee County jail. He is charged with battery on law enforcement, fleeing to elude law enforcement, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest without violence and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle or property damage.

On Jan. 8, Bradenton police officer Nasheka Craddock shot Randall who had tried to run her down with his car around 3:10 p.m., then drove away and caused seven crashes on one of the county's busiest roadways, according to Radzilowski.

Cortez Road was shut down for several hours.

The incident started when Sgt. Anthony Ramdath and Craddock went to Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, 1902 59th St. W., to investigate a harassment complaint.

During the investigation, Randall was issued a trespass warning and directed to leave and not return. He drove off.

Randall later was seen by Ramdath walking back to Casa Mora and the sergeant tried to arrest him. Craddock arrived just as the suspect ran and jumped into a car.

Before the suspect's car left its parking spot, Craddock told Randall to get out of the car. He refused and the car hit the officer as it pulled away.

Craddock managed to fire "multiple shots, which struck the suspect," according to an officer involved report issued by the Bradenton Police Department at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Craddock remains on paid administrative leave, and the shooting is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

Amaris Castillo, Herald law enforcement/Island reporter, contributed to this report.

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