Lake County authorities are still looking into what went wrong on Sunday when deputies were looking for attempted murder suspect, 31-year-old Jonathan Brown, at the Blueberry Hill apartment complex on Ryan Drive in Leesburg.
In an unfortunate turn of events around 1:30 a.m. July 15, things took a wrong turn when uniformed deputies banged on the wrong door of Apartment 114 at a complex in Florida.
According to multiple reports, Apartment 114 is where Brown was believed to be located. Prior to deputies banging on the door, Brown fled from officers on a motorcycle, which they later found parked in front of Apartment 114, authorities said; however, that was not Brown's apartment.
Instead, they were met by Andrew Scott, who reportedly came out with a gun; and while deputies say they admit knocking on the wrong apartment door, they also say they had no choice but to open fire when the 26-year-old Scott came out armed.
Scott was shot and killed, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
"Certainly, the police will be held accountable for this by way of a wrongful death suit," speculated WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.
WFTV is reporting that in a statement released by the Sheriff's Office immediately following the incident, they claim that the deputies made it a point to identify themselves. But according to an email later received by the local news outlet from the Sheriff's Office, details are revealed that say deputies "didn't announce and identify themselves" and called it a "minor detail."
"They banged on the door. They didn't yell out, 'Lake County Sheriff!' They weren't being loud; vocal. The guy opened the door at 2 in the morning," a witness who did not want to be identified told WFTV.
In further developments, the Sheriff's office reportedly told WFTV reporter Kathi Belich that deputies didn't have to identify themselves at all. According to the report, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office also told Belich that all deputies saw when the door opened was the muzzle of a gun, and they did what they had to protect themselves.
While people who knew the victim say that deputies are painting him in the wrong light, they go on to describe him as a gentle giant.
"I saw him six hours before (the shooting), and he was fine," said one of Scott's friends. "When I heard about it I thought it was a joke."
Reports indicate that while deputies may or may not have identified themselves, the officer who fired the fatal shot, K-9 Deputy Richard Sylvester, was wearing a black utility vest with the word "sheriff" on the front.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
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