Dash Cam Footage Released in Fatal El Patron Shooting

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 15, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Dash cam video shows desperate moments at a Tallahassee Restaurant. WCTV got an exclusive first look.

Two people were killed at El Patron: one on the dance floor, the other by police in the parking lot.

The dash cam video lasts more than an hour. You can't see anyone shooting or anyone getting shot. What you can see is repeated waves of panic as people try to run for cover.

A party was being held at the restaurant, when party-goers start flooding out of the front door of El Patron at 12:42 a.m. on December 8, 2015. Another wave rushes out two minutes later.

Witnesses say the Tallahassee Police dashcam video captures the moments after 24-year-old Ira Brown Jr. (also known as Rico) was shot and killed inside.

Brown's friend, Tamika Harris, was with Brown and a group of friends that night. "Rico was always spiritual, always trying to do something positive; always trying to help. I don't know a bad bone he had in his body," Harris said.

Chantal Coates says she heard a second round of shots outside in the parking lot. In the video, you can see people running from the left side of the screen and run back into the restaurant.

Dimitre Penny had been shot in the parking lot.

Coates is his cousin. She said she was sitting in a car at the time. "I just see people screaming and everything. Then I heard about ten or 15 gunshots. When I got up, I just see him falling," Coates said.

Court records say off-duty officer Jason Ravenel shot and killed Penny in the parking lot.

Authorities say Penny had gone outside to get a gun after his friend, Ira Brown, was shot inside. Brown's family members and friends say he was running for safety.

Malania Henry said she dated Brown for almost nine year. "To get a call late in the morning, almost 1:00 in the morning telling me that my boyfriend has been shot; then to come up on the establishment and it's surrounded by cops and I can't even get to say anything to him. That's a feeling I'll never forget," Henry said.

The dash cam video shows some people ducking for cover, some appear to be taking pictures or videos on their cell phones. The video ends with officers posted out front. One officer has a K-9 and another has his weapon in hand.

Isaiah Robinson fled the scene and was later arrested in South Florida. He's charged with Brown's murder.

As for the officer involved shooting outside, a grand jury ruled officers were justified in their use of force.

A TPD spokesman says an internal affairs review is still ongoing.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 15, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police dash cam video has been released by the State Attorney's office in the December shooting at El Patron Mexican Grille and Cantina on Apalachee Parkway, near downtown Tallahassee.

In the video, patrons are seen running out of the entrance to the restaurant as gunshots are fired inside. Some completely flee the area, some fall down and some are seen taking cover.

24-year-old Ira Brown Jr. was shot and killed in the restaurant during an altercation. Two others were wounded in the incident.

A friend of Brown, Dimitrie Penny, retrieved a gun from a vehicle outside of the restaurant when off-duty officer Jason Ravenel shot and killed Penny in the parking lot.

In the released video, patrons of the restaurant can be seen ducking for cover and running back into the restaurant during the incident in the parking lot.

25-year-old Isaiah Robinson was later arrested in Ft. Lauderdale and indicted on first degree murder charges.

Both officers were cleared by a grand jury for their use of force in the shooting.


By: Julie Montanaro
January 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Leon County grand jury met Friday evening to discuss a December shooting that killed two men in Tallahassee. It all happened at the El Patron restaurant off of Apalachee Parkway.

The grand jury has indicted 25-year-old Isaiah Robinson on first degree murder charges.

Robinson is charged with shooting and killing Ira Brown after a fight broke out inside of El Patron Mexican Grill in the early morning hours of December 9th.

As customers ran, another man, 32-year-old Dimitre Penny, a friend of victim Ira Brown, went outside to grab a gun. Off-duty Tallahassee Police Department Officer Jason Ravenel shot and killed Penny after he opened fire in the parking lot, according to TPD documents.

Robinson was later arrested after exiting a plane in Ft. Lauderdale nearly a week after the shooting.

Officer Ravenel and TPD Officer Ed Guerra were also in court today as the grand jury reviewed their use of force that night.

The grand jury cleared both officers in their use of force in the December 9th shooting.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 22, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Court records have unveiled new details in the case of a shooting incident at a Tallahassee Mexican restaurant that ultimately left two people dead and two others wounded in the early morning hours of December 9.

According to court documents, Tallahassee police say 25-year-old Isaiah Robinson fired a single gunshot that struck Ira Brown in the neck after an altercation occurred inside of El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina between "several patrons."

As patrons ran outside of the restaurant, police say 32-year-old Dimitre Penny, a friend of Ira Brown, retrieved a firearm from a parked vehicle and began to shoot at individuals in the parking lot.

Off-duty Tallahassee Police Officer Jason Ravenel shot and killed Penny as Penny was shooting at individuals in the parking lot, according to records.

Records show that a witness who was at the restaurant at the time of the altercation, and knew both Robinson and Brown, identified Robinson as the person with the handgun inside the restaurant.

A witness also told police that Penny was shooting at individuals associated with Isaiah Robinson, including Robinson's brother, outside of the restaurant in an "attempt to retaliate for the shooting" of Brown inside of the restaurant.

The documents also show that Officer Ravenel was wearing a body camera that recorded the shooting and events that followed. The video shows a tall black male with dreads running out of the restaurant, according to the document, Police say the subject matches the description of Isaiah Robinson given to police by a witness.

The body camera also indicated that the shooting inside of the restaurant occurred at 12:42:38 a.m. and that Robinson is seen running out of the restaurant at 12:42:47 a.m. -- 9 seconds after the single gunshot was fired.

Robinson was arrested on December 15 by US Marshal's as he exited a plane in Ft. Lauderdale. He was extradited to Tallahassee and booked into the Leon County Jail.

Robinson is charged with first degree murder. Robinson was convicted of battery and discharging a firearm in two separate incidents in 2012.


By: Natalie Rubino
December 15, 2015 - 6pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A week after a night of partying turned deadly, officers arrest the man believed to be partially responsible. 25-year-old Isaiah Robinson was arrested Tuesday when getting off a plane at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. He's accused of shooting and killing 24-year-old Ira Brown on El Patron's dance floor early last Wednesday morning.

Witnesses are still trying to make sense of what happened.

"Just being that close to it., it changes you. It changes you in a way,"
Adrienne Barfield said.

Barfield was right behind Brown when Robinson allegedly fired shots.

"That easily could have been me. Never did I ever think I would go to a restaurant and almost die," she said.

Brown's arrest is just one piece of the puzzle solved. Outside the restaurant, two other people were wounded before an off-duty Tallahassee Police Department Officer shot and killed 32-year-old Dimitre Penny. However, police could not say if Penny fired those shots.

"There was some sort of deadly force threatening someone in the area. It could have been to another person, he could have been shooting at someone else or he could've pointed the weapon at the officers or any other victim that was outside," David Northway, Public Information Officer for the Tallahassee Police Department said.

The restaurant was hosting a graduation party at the time. Barfield says the suspects had no business being there.

"It was an event for college students and you guys come and you cause trouble and we can no longer do the things we like to do because you choose to do the things you do," she said.

Robinson does have a criminal past. Leon County court records show he was convicted of battery in June of 2012. In July of 2012 he was convicted of discharging a weapon in public. That incident happened at a local Waffle House.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 15, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- US Marshals have arrested a suspect in connection with the deadly shooting at El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina.

Tallahassee police say 25-year-old Isaiah Robinson was arrested in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning as he exited a plane.

Police say Robinson was arrested in connection with the shooting that left one person dead and two others wounded at El Patron in the early morning hours of December 9th.

Police believe Robinson is the suspect who shot and killed Ira Brown inside of the restaurant..

Robinson is in custody and awaiting extradition to Tallahassee, according to TPD.

Another shooter, Dimitrie Penny was shot by off-duty police officer Jason Ravenel in the parking lot of the restaurant. He was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where later died from his injuries.

TPD says a dedicated hotline is still open as investigators continue to interview anyone with any information on the incident.

TPD is asking anyone who was at the restaurant and wasn't interviewed by police to call the dedicated Hotline at (850) 891-4331. If someone has information about the case but wishes to remain anonymous, they may also call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: James Buechele
December 9, 2015
UPDATE 10:50 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Edward Clark, a member of the Tallahassee Council on Gun Violence, says he heard about the deadly shooting at El Patron Mexican Grille and Cantina in Tallahassee on the radio on his way into work.

"It's terrible that these things are happening but it doesn't allow us any time to sit on our hands," said Clark. "It really illustrates how urgent it is for us to address this issue."

The Council on Gun Violence is still waiting for a report from Cure Violence which will look to implement programs to cut down on shootings. That's not the only way some are hoping to stop bullets from raining in Tallahassee.

"We've got a problem with late-operating clubs," said City Commissioner Scott Maddox.

He says many restaurants lease out their buildings to promoters, keeping establishments open late into the night. This is something he wants to take action on.

"I want to tighten down how these events or how these events are held. Any promoter shouldn't be able to rent space in a restaurant and go into the wee hours of the night."

As for Clark, he says the issue doesn't just come down to the weapons that are being used.

"We're dealing with people's behavior's and that's what needs to be addressed."

Details on the fatal shooting are posted below.


By: Natalie Rubino
December 9, 2015 - 7pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two people are dead and two others injured after a night of partying turned into chaos.

Shots rang out just before 1 a.m. Wednesday at El Patron Mexican Grille and Cantina on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Police say it all started after a fight broke out in the crowded restaurant. Witnesses say people were out celebrating FAMU's upcoming graduation this weekend.

WCTV spoke to a witness who wishes to remain anonymous.

"Pop. Gun shot goes off. Commotion starts to ensue. People are running outside."

This witness was on a crowded dance floor when the shot inside was fired. Right near her, the body of the person shot, 24-year-old Ira Brown, Jr.

"Once the commotion died down, I looked up and saw a body on the floor. So while this body is on the floor I exit through the kitchen. While I'm exiting through the kitchen I'm walking through droplets of blood and blood covered napkins."

Tallahassee Police say the fight then moved outside. Two other people were shot before off-duty TPD officer Jason Ravenel shot and killed a suspect, 32-year-old Dimitre Penny.

"There are many details that we do not know about what occurred and why it happened," Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said.

Officer Ravenel and another off-duty TPD officer, Ed Guerra, were working security at the event. They have both been placed on administrative leave which is department protocol.

"It's graduation weekend. A happy weekend is going to be turned into a weekend where everyone is going to be anxious," the witness said.

The two people shot outside the restaurant are in the hospital in stable condition. They've been identified as 24-year-old Dionne Hardnett and 25-year-old Juarice Hayes.

El Patron has since reopened.

The restaurant owner released a statement saying, "Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone who got hurt. We are still in shock that this happened at our restaurant. We were having a graduation party when all this took place. It is very unfortunate that these things happen when people are having a good time. After hiring a cleaning service, we were able to reopen Wednesday evening. We'd like to thank our customers for all the support they've been giving us during this difficult time."

TPD is asking anyone with any information to call a special hotline dedicated to this case. That number is 850-8914331.


By: Charlene Cristobal; WCTV Eyewitness News
December 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two people are dead and two others are wounded following a shooting at a Tallahassee bar and restaurant.

The Tallahassee Police Department says an altercation occurred at El Patron Mexican Grille and Cantina on Apalachee Parkway around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Two TPD officers were working in an off-duty capacity outside of the restaurant when they were alerted by patrons that an altercation broke out inside the establishment.

24-year-old Ira L. Brown Jr. was shot and killed inside the restaurant and two others were wounded in the parking lot after the altercation carried outside of the restaurant, according to police.

The two victims in the parking lot who received serious non-life threatening wounds have been identified as 24-year-old Dionne V. Hardnett and 25-year-old Jaurice M. Hayes.

One of two TPD officers at the restaurant shot the suspect, who later died at the hospital.

The male suspect who was engaged by a TPD officer and pronounced deceased at the hospital has been identified as 32-year-old Dimitre L. Penny.

Penny had been in prison on aggravated assault charges. He was released in August.

Witnesses told WCTV that the altercation began after one person bumped into another, but TPD has not confirmed a motive at this time.

The officers immediately provided medical aid to all of the injured, including the suspect and summoned emergency medical and police personnel to the scene to assist with the incident.

The two TPD officers working security at the restaurant who have been placed on administrative leave have been identified as Officer Jason Ravenel and Officer Edward Guerra. Administrative leave is standard procedure following officer involved shootings.

Ravenel was in the mix of another officer-involved shooting in June 2014 outside of Club Pierre on South Monroe Street. A grand jury cleared him of wrongdoing in that shooting.

The TPD work history for both officers is attached to this article.

The owner of the El Patron restaurant also released a statement to WCTV. It reads:

"Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone who got hurt. We are still in shock that this happened at our restaurant. We were having a graduation party when all this took place. It is very unfortunate that these things happen when people are having a good time. After hiring a cleaning service, we were able to reopen Wednesday evening. We'd like to thank our customers for all the support they've been giving us during this difficult time."

We did reach out to family and friends about victim Ira Brown, Jr. and have not heard back. We know that Brown was an employee at Little Caesar's off of Lafayette Street in Tallahassee. The store would not comment further.

TPD’s Violent Crimes & Forensic Units are continuing to work all avenues of the case and follow up with identified witnesses and analyze collected evidence. Because this is such a large incident, TPD has established a Hotline for this case. Investigators are attempting to interview anyone with information about the event because by several accounts, the restaurant was very busy at the time of the shooting.

Investigators have interviewed more than a few witnesses but need the community's help in getting all accounts of what occurred last night. If you were at the restaurant and left prior to being interviewed by a police officer, please call the dedicated Hotline at (850) 891-4331.

If someone has information about the case but wishes to remain anonymous, they may also call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


Dimitre Penny


 
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