A day after the FBI raided a Jacksonville psychiatrist’s office, an Action News Jax investigation uncovered a love triangle that ended in suicide, reportedly using the doctor’s gun.
This extensive St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office report on the suicide showed Dr. Nikhil Nihalani was having an affair with one of his employees.
Her husband shot himself with a gun she said belonged to the doctor.
Since the FBI search warrant is sealed, we don’t know what agents were looking for on Wednesday.
“Something’s definitely wrong with that picture,” said Tomas Cruz, who is a patient of Nihalani’s.
Action News Jax did some digging into past investigations involving Nihalani and found the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office report on Jacob Carlson’s suicide.
The report said, in 2015, Nihalani had an affair with his married employee Amanda Carlson.
She told deputies she took a gun from Nihalani’s home because he’d been making suicidal threats.
She said she hid the gun in her home in pieces because her husband Jacob Carlson, who knew about the affair, was also making suicidal threats.
On Oct. 13, 2015, her husband shot and killed himself with that gun.
Amanda Carlson told deputies she took the gun from Nihalani a month before a judge forbid the doctor from owning a gun because of a domestic violence injunction against him from another woman.
Nihalani and Amanda Carlson now live together in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been called out to that home 10 times since 2015.
Nihalani and Carlson met while working at River Point Behavioral Health, a mental hospital Action News Jax has been investigating for months and the Office of the Inspector General has been investigating for years.
“When you’re in there, they can do whatever they want,” said Steve Smith, who was evaluated by Nihalani at River Point.
Smith is one of dozens of patients who tell Action News Jax they were held against their will under Florida’s Baker Act even though they were not suicidal so River Point could cash in on their insurance payments.
“The entire 10 minutes, he was writing. He asked me a couple of questions and he never looked at me once.”
The Florida Department of Health has no active complaints or discipline on file for Nihalani.
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