Attorney: 'Arrogant Action' By Deputies To Cost County Millions
August 13, 2012
The attorney representing the family of a man who was fatally shot by Lake County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputies after he pointed a gun at them said the shooting will cost county taxpayers millions.
In announcing a wrongful death lawsuit, attorney Mark NeJame criticized the "arrogant action" of deputies who fatally shot Andrew Scott after he pointed a gun at them while answering the door of his apartment at 1:30 a.m. on July 15, reports WFTV.
Deputies were searching for Scott's neighbor in connection with an attempted murder.
Fla. Deputies Shoot, Kill Wrong Man
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Tom ret @ 8/13/2012 7:04 PM
If anyone is arrogant it appears to be the attorney representing the
Greg @ 8/14/2012 4:43 AM
"The deputies didn't announce their presence when knocking on Scott's door because they felt it would be "tactically advantageous."
Hmmm, 1:30 AM with no identification given due to "tactical" reasons. Searching for an attempted murderer suspect. Bleary guy shows up at the door with a gun...BANG! BANG! BANG! followed by an "Oooops!" Nothing good happens at 1:30 AM, nothing good ever comes with a door knock at 1:30 AM. Were these guys all "ninja'd up" and rarin' to go? Why 1:30? Was the house dark or was the victim awake?
The victim didn't shoot anyone and, of course, the newspaper never skew any stories and give the whole truth....but, these guys screwed up big time.
The troops screwed the pooch, a man died, and a lot of money is going to change hands.
Robocop @ 8/14/2012 8:14 AM
Wrong Greg. The Deputies did not crash through door, they knocked. When you answer a door you do not open it in the middle of the night, not knowing who it is with a firearm pointed at whoever is on the other side. If it is the police, you should expect to be shot if you do. Totally justified shooting.
I also would answer the door armed with my pistol, but it would be behind my back and if if were the police I would not then point the firearm at them. I would either stick it in my waistband in my back and then raise my hands or let them know I was armed and ask them to please let me place it on the ground, slowly!
Bottom line, the Deputies were justified.
Bob@Az. @ 8/14/2012 2:34 PM
Greg, I gotta ask: Ever do a door to door at night looking for a A&D suspect? And in an apartment complex with lots of doors and no place to go if it goes sideways? And yes, I have gotten that early knock and answered with my little buddy by my side and a foot at the door. It may not stop them but it sure slows things down. And I'll bet the Officers had something printed on thier vests that ID them as cops. Monday morning hindsight is great. Blues, Stay Safe.
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