Details Emerge in Ex-Cop Juratovac’s Shooting Of Flagler Paramedic in 911 Calls and Report
FlaglerLive | April 1, 2013
Shortly before Nathaniel Juratovac shot Jared Parkey at least twice in the culmination of a road rage confrontation on U.S. 1 Friday evening, as both drove north of the Flagler County line, another driver had witnessed both men’s SUVs and described them to a 911 operator: “Two cars that were like, playing, I don’t know, chicken or aggressively driving near each other, and then we saw them again, and there was somebody laying on the ground, looked like somebody had a gun.”
“Oh dear lord,” the 911 dispatcher says. (Audio of the 911 calls is below).
“We were driving north,” the caller later continued, “and they almost, like, they almost, one of them ran to the other and almost ran us off the road, so we just slowed down and let them go.” The man did not stop as he rode by the shooting scene, so he could not specify anything about a gun.
But Parkey’s wife Ashley could. “My husband just got shot,” she yelled, begging the operator to send help, just south of a Publix. The call abruptly ended.
Another 911 call appears to have been made by another woman–Juratovac’s wife, Robin, who is a deputy with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s department, was in the car at the time of the incident–who tends to Parkey while asking the 911 dispatcher to send an ambulance and a supervisor. (A police report later identified one woman who helped the victim as Robin Wilson.) At one point the caller tells the dispatcher that she’s “trying to control my husband.” She then says of Parkey, “He’s bleeding, he’s conscious, he is, I’m just checking a pulse, he’s conscious and bleeding, the gun is secured.” The rest of the call is garbled, though the woman is heard saying, “keep your hands up.”
The shooting took place south of Wildwood Drive on U.S. 1, just before 8 p.m. The Parkeys were returning from visiting family in south Florida, after a week-long vacation in California. They had their 17-month-old daughter in the car.
The Juratovacs also had one of their two daughters in the car, a 4 year old. They also have a 6-year-old daughter who appears not have been with them at the time.
When a Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene, Jared Parkey was lying behind a Ford Explorer, on his right side, bleeding from his chest and arm, according to the police report. He was in pain. The deputy tended to his wounds until a rescue unit arrived.
A witness, Joseph Napalitano, 58, of St. Augustine, said he “saw both vehicles pull to the side of the road very quickly,” that “the driver of the Ford Explorer got out of his vehicle and fired a gun at the man from the other vehicle.”
The report also notes that in the run-up to the final confrontation, Juratovac “brake-checked” Parkey’s car because Juratovac “believed the victim’s vehicle was following too closely. An eyewitness observed both vehicles driving in a reckless manner.” Parkey, the report states, “also admitted to throwing a water jug at [Juratovac’s] vehicle. After the water jug was thrown, the eyewitness advised both the defendant and the victim’s vehicles collided and pulled off to the side of the roadway. Per eyewitness, after both vehicles came to a stop, the defendant existed his vehicle and walked around to the driver’s side of [Parkey’s] vehicle and shot the victim.”
Parkey was unarmed.
Parkey was flown to Shands hospital in Jacksonville, where he was interviewed by an investigator, conceding that he’d been driving aggressively, and describing “being run off the roadway” by Juratovac when Juratovac hit his vehicle. “After being run off the roadway,” the report continues, Parkey said “he immediately got out and walked to the rear of his vehicle and was confronted by [Juratovac]. [Parkey] described seeing [Juratovac] holding a gun with his arms straight out, in a ‘shooting stance.’ The victim stated to law enforcement that he was unarmed and his arms were in an outward direction, clearly indicating he had nothing in his hands when the defendant shot him.”
When a deputy approached Juratovac, who was standing to the north of the scene as rescuers were tending to Parkey, he said, according to the police report: “I am the shooter and the gun is secured in the front of my vehicle.” He was patted down–a silver folding pocket knife was removed–and escorted to a patrol car, as he was told by the deputy that no questions were being asked of him for now. Once in the car, Juratovac said, according to the report: “The other vehicle involved threw an object at my vehicle then hit my vehicle, when we came to a stop the driver ran up to my car and I shot him.”
Juratovac, a resident of St. Augustine, had been a Flagler Beach police officer until 2008. He launched a company called Juratovac Enterprises in 2012, with his wife–a pressure-washing business that operates under the name of High Pressure Solutions on Casuarina Circle in Flagler Beach.
Listen to Four 911 Calls on the Shooting