The body camera footage of a deputy shooting a suicidal man carrying a rifle dead was made public on Monday by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The media player up above allows you to view the video. A word of caution.
The video contains graphic content that can be upsetting to some. Consent of the viewer is advised. Deputies were summoned to Reagans Run Drive near Clermont on Sunday, September 11, in response to a “suicidal adult male,” according to the sheriff’s office.
When deputies arrived shortly after 5 o’clock, they found the 49-year-old guy. Due to the man’s mental state at the time of the shooting, News 6 is withholding his name. His name has also been taken out of the body-camera footage.
The man can be seen on the bodycam video waiting for officers inside a screened-in porch at the rear of a house. The deputy calls out to the man and tells him to put the gun down about a minute into the video.
The man responded to the deputy on camera with “No way.” It’s time to put it down, the deputy replies. The man replies once again in the video, “Nope.” In the footage, the deputy tells the man to put the pistol down when he appears to shift it.
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On camera, the deputy is heard saying, “Don’t do it.” Avoid doing it. According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy had been threatened with the weapon. In the first minute of the footage, the officer draws his gun and begins to fire repeatedly.
Deputies can be seen entering the screened porch at around 1:30 in the footage, and they start providing treatment around 30 seconds later. The cop who fired the first shot is seen administering tourniquets and doing CPR.
While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting, the deputy has been on administrative leave.