Alfred Redwine can be heard shouting at police officers moments before he’s shot, angrily asking them where his son is.
APD Chief Gorden Eden confirmed that Redwine had some “past conflicts” with the state Children, Youth and Families Department, and neighbors said Redwine was angry about losing custody of his son.
In a March 14 Facebook post, Redwine said he recently lost custody of the boy after having him back for only a week “cuz i didnt call my (probation officers) after I just talked to the cops.”
A CYFD spokesman declined comment.
Redwine’s Facebook page and court documents give some insight into his history and feelings toward authority. Eden, however, said police did not know anything about his criminal past when they arrived at the scene.
In one Facebook post from the end of January, Redwine claims to have bought hollow-point bullets, which he referred to as “cop rounds.”
“Cant wait to try them its going to be fun,” Redwine posted.
An APD spokeswoman said she didn’t know whether Redwine’s Facebook page is being considered part of the investigation into the shooting.
Neighbors said Redwine was extremely frustrated and depressed about losing his 5-year-old son after a drawn-out custody battle.
Online court records indicate that a February 2013 motion filed by the mother of Redwine’s son for custody of the boy failed in November.
Redwine was described by neighbors and family as a caring father who leaves behind an adoring son.
But Redwine was also indicted in January 2012 on four counts of child abuse without great bodily harm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Some of the charges stemmed from an incident in July 2011. Records that would have given more details of what was behind those charges were not available in Metropolitan Court on Wednesday.
Redwine pleaded no contest as part of a plea agreement to aggravated assault, possession of marijuana or synthetic canabinoids, unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In October 2012, he was sentenced by District Judge Ross Sanchez to 354 days at the Metropolitan Detention Center and was deemed eligible for the jail’s community custody program.
Also, Redwine was arrested in May 2013 for a probation violation involving drugs and was ordered to three years probation.
Redwine also faced charges in recent years of battery against a household member, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, and inflicting injury that causes impairment or disfigurement. The cases were dismissed in Metropolitan Court.
Journal staff writer Mike Gallagher contributed to this report.