Two Boca Raton police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Florida Atlantic University student this month were previously disciplined for minor infractions, city personnel records show. The officers — Brian Pare, 31, and Chris Bradley, 32 — have also received several letters of commendation during their time with the police department.
Both remain on paid administrative leave as authorities continue to investigate the March 8 death of Adam Donohue.
Pare shot Donohue and Bradley used a Taser during a violent struggle, according to police reports. Donohue was later pronounced dead at Delray Medical Center.
A funeral was held Saturday for Donohue in his hometown of St. Petersburg. FAU rugby coach Richard Jackson recently described Donohue as a hard-working student who also waited tables. In an interview last week, Donohue’s mother, Arlene Grimm, said her son’s alleged actions were out of character, and that he was studying physics.
“This was a kid, he just just loved life and always tried to be the best at everything,” she said. “He never got into any trouble.”
However, police alleged that Donohue carjacked a cab after first attempting to carjack a Comcast employee earlier on March 8. He was stopped near Northwest Spanish River Boulevard and North Military Trail, where the struggle and fatal shooting ensued. Pare suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Boca police spokeswoman Sandra Boonenberg said. Bradley didn’t require medical attention.
A review of the officers’ personnel files shows that Pare, a Spanish River High graduate and former FAU football player, is an eight-year veteran. He joined in 2005. He resigned in January 2009 to work for the police department in the Denver suburb of Lone Tree, Colo.
Pare returned to Boca’s police force five months later.
He has received 15 letters of commendation, most recently in December after helping an elderly hit-and-run victim.
Pare received a disciplinary warning in April 2011 for crashing his patrol vehicle. He hit concrete pillar in a parking garage at the Town Center Mall.
Pare told investigators he was trying to put on his seat belt and took his eyes off the road.
Bradley, who also joined the department in 2005, has received 22 letters of commendation. The most recent came in March 2012 for a traffic stop and investigative efforts that led to the arrest of three people suspected of being involved in a burglary ring.
He received a disciplinary warning in October 2011 for not immediately reporting a parking citation to a supervisor.