Man in ‘justifiable’ homicide had domestic-violence past in Jacksonville

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The 24-year-old man shot and killed late Tuesday in an Ortega Farms apartment has been identified as Brandon Rashad Johnson and listed as justifiable by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Court records show a 25-year-old woman filed a May 21 injunction for protection against Johnson, and both were due in court only hours after he was shot and killed. A woman called 911 saying she had shot a man who broke into her Catoma Street apartment. Neighbors told WJXT TV-4 he was the father of her two children.

Johnson also was arrested six months ago in an aggravated domestic battery with another woman who had called off their relationship while pregnant with their child. The arrest warrant describes him pistol-whipping the woman and firing a gun at her.

The case against Johnson was dropped Dec. 26 by the State Attorney’s Office, which declined to prosecute, according to court records.

That 29-year-old victim, now caring for her and Johnson’s 5-month-old son, confirmed she is not the woman who shot him late Tuesday. And even though she filed an arrest report against him, his death saddens her, she said.

“Its heartbreaking and it’s sad. I don’t wish death on anyone and I can’t say why she did it and what she did, but someone lost their life and someone lost their father,” the woman told The Times-Union. “My heart goes out to her, his mom and our son.”

Police did not identify the woman in Johnson’s self-defense shooting.

The May 21 injunction filed against Johnson states that they had been in an “on and off” relationship since 2012, during which they had two children. The woman said they had not been together since March, saying he was controlling, uses drugs and is angry because they were no longer together.

The woman said she let Johnson stay overnight at her apartment one day in May, but he began arguing after returning from taking their daughters to school. He punched and pushed her, saying he could have taken the children, the injunction said. The woman said she called police, but no officers responded.

The woman said she was granted an injunction in 2012 when he stalked and threatened her. She wrote that he has a gun and is violent, was always threatening to kill her, and she was afraid he would act on those threats “or kill me if not restrained” from coming near her, the injunction said.

The temporary injunction was approved May 22, both parties due back in court at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, court records show. The last filing on that record is a dismissal of the latest injunction, calling the case moot because “Respondent is deceased.”

Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549

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