West Palm Beach shooting suspect ‘tired of running,’ calls detectives from Canada, surrenders


West Palm Beach shooting suspect ‘tired of running,’ calls detectives from Canada, surrenders


A hunt for a Lake Park man suspected of shooting his estranged wife several times and then into the home that held their child ended Tuesday when he called city police from Canada and gave up his location.

Jean Jean Charles, 27, told West Palm Beach Police Detective Robert McGinley that he was in Montreal and said he was ready to surrender.

He will face three counts of attempted first-degree murder, among other charges.

“He said he was just tired of running,” McGinley said Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Dec. 3, hours after a domestic violence injunction against Charles was dismissed when the woman did not appear for a court hearing, records show.

Charles had already tried breaking into the woman’s 35th Street home that night while she wasn’t there. Police say when she returned, Charles shot her several times as she stood in the driveway. He also shot several times into the home where their 18-month-old child and the woman’s friend were inside.

The child and the friend weren’t injured. Charles’ wife, whom records show he married in March 2012, has since been released from the hospital.

There had been past allegations of violence involving Charles and the woman, 22. In November she took out a domestic violence injunction against him. In the petition for the injunction, she wrote that her husband had pulled a gun on her before beating her and threatening her life. The woman also said her husband has anger problems and can’t control his temper.

A temporary injunction was granted and a hearing was set for the afternoon of Dec. 3, at which a judge was to decide whether the injunction should be permanent. The injunction was dismissed, however, because the woman didn’t show up in court.

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies also were called to a Lake Park address in May 2012 to investigate a shooting. Charles’ wife said he broke a window trying to get into the apartment where she was, got his semi-automatic gun and shot at his car, shattering a window.

Charles was charged with discharging a firearm in public and improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms. He was sentenced to probation, 10 hours of community service and a four-hour anger management class, court records show.

After McGinley spoke with Charles on the phone Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the U.S. Marshals Service were dispatched to bring Charles into custody. They had been tracking him prior to his arrest.

Charles will be extradited to the United States and also faces charges of burglarizing an occupied home and shooting into an occupied dwelling.