About That Shooting at Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Carman’s Palm Coast House
FlaglerLive | July 22, 2010
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office routinely and almost daily releases case reports summing up complaints, law-breaking, arrests and other law enforcement issues around Palm Coast and the county. The reports can relate issues as minor as a prowler spotted on this or that street, a bunch of CD’s swiped from an unlocked car or arguments between disgruntled couples.
Here’s one that didn’t make the papers.
The night of March 26, at 10:01 p.m., Jane Carman, “while under the influence of alcohol and possibly prescription medication,” according to a sheriff’s report that didn’t make it into the public paper trail, “disrupted the safety and peace of the neighborhood by discharging a firearm twice outside her residence.” Jane Carman is the wife of Mark Carman, the Sheriff’s captain and head of the sheriff’s extensive Palm Coast operation who ran against the sheriff in the 2008 election. They live on Wellesley Lane in Palm Coast, where homes are stacked next to each other in close succession.
While en route to the Carmans’ address, an undated sheriff’s report filed by deputy John Reckenwald at the Flagler County courthouse states, “this deputy overheard a radio message given to Sgt. Spath from the Flagler County Communications Center that M. Carman had called into the communications center advising that his wife was intoxicated and had discharged a firearm outside their home residence. The defendant also gained access to a Flagler County Sheriff’s office patrol vehicle, started the vehicle, and turned on the patrol vehicle’s emergency siren.”
The report went on: Although no witnesses actually observed Jane Carman fire the gun, “several witnesses from the area stated that they had heard two gunshots.” Jane Carman told the deputy “that the gun ‘accidentally’ discharged while she was loading it. However, she would not state her reason for loading the firearm, which was a .38 caliber revolver and has not yet been recovered.”
It’s not clear whose weapon it was. “I think it was a private weapon he had kept in the house,” Sheriff Don Fleming told FlaglerLive, referring to Mark Carman, though the sheriff was under the impression the gun had been fired once inside the house and made a hole in the ground, which had been repaired. “I was satisfied it was an accidental discharge,” the sheriff said. No disciplinary action followed regarding the captain.
Jane Carman was charged with a count of disturbing the peace and a count of discharging a firearm in a residential area. The case was then transferred to the State Attorney’s office because of conflict issues. It’s still pending. Jane Carman was never booked into the county jail. The sheriff said she had agreed to take a firearm handling course and anger-management counseling, following which, after six months, the charges against her would be dropped. “The State Attorney’s office called me and asked if that was OK with me, and I said it’s fine,” Fleming said. Jane Carman, the sheriff said, was following through with the plan.
Mark Carman, an earnest and affable officer, has been dealing with other difficult family issues in the last few months. He did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him by phone or email.