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Brother says man charged in exchange for shooting with police needs mental help

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The brother of a man charged in October with shooting at Jacksonville police says his loved one suffers from a mental health issue.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said John Ervin was arrested Oct. 16 after shooting at police. On Sunday, his brother, who asked to be identified as JW, said Ervin suffered from serious mental illness.

JW told News4JAX that he was speaking with his brother on the phone on Oct. 16 and that his brother was feeling depressed over failed attempts to find a job after his recent release from prison.

“He said, ‘I’m tired brother. I’m just tired.’ I said, “I’m going,” JW recalls. “I hung up the phone and called JSO and said, ‘You all have to do Baker Act to him because he’s at the end of his rope now.

JW insists he had the dispatcher tell the police to let him get there first because his brother was already nervous.

Investigators at the scene said Ervin was “attempted to be killed by a cop.”

“He said he was tired of living,” JW said. “It’s sad to say, but it’s true.”

According to JSO, the police were informed that Ervin was suicidal. JSO Deputy Chief Shawn Coarsey held a press conference that afternoon.

“As they (police) exited the vehicle, this subject exited the residence and fired at least five rounds at these officers, striking one of their cars,” Coarsey told the newspaper.

Ervin was arrested and charged with:

  • 3 counts of attempted second degree murder of a law enforcement officer

  • 1 count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

JW insists his brother needs help.

“His mental health needs to be taken care of,” JW said. “It’s not an animal. He is not a threat to society. He needs mental help and he’s tried to get it and he hasn’t gotten it yet.

It’s unclear if Ervin’s attorney will request a mental health evaluation. Ervin’s arraignment is scheduled for November 22.

Court records show that in 2012 Ervin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting two people. He was released in May.

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