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Suspect in police-involved shooting released by Blake, arrested moments later

MANATEE -- The man injured in a police-involved shooting was arrested Friday after a local hospital released him -- but not to the custody of police, who had several warrants for his arrest.

Jarques Randall, 23, was released from Blake Medical Center Friday after recovering from gunshot wounds he received Jan. 8 when he tried to run over a Bradenton police officer with his car. The officer shot Randall and he reportedly crashed the car he was driving several times in an effort to elude police.

Bradenton police officers had arrived Friday to check on Randall, but were told by hospital staff that he had been released.

Because of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, staff could not tell the officers when he had been released, however.

"Luckily we found him going out the front door," Bradenton 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 blame or to criticize the hospital, but had already spoken to the hospital's chief executive officer Friday afternoon after learning what had occurred.

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

Randall was taken into custody and is being held at the Manatee County jail. He is charged with battery on law enforcement, fleeing to elude law enforcement, driving with a suspended li

cense, 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 strike her with the car he was driving about 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 as a result.

The incident began 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 was directed to leave and to not return. He drove off.

Randall later was seen by Ramdath walking back toward 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, as is customary in a police shooting.

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.