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Lake County deputies in Florida mistook the wrong man for a murder suspect and killed him in his own home.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office in Florida is coming under fire after its deputies shot and killed the wrong man. The death occurred when officers were looking for a man accused of beating someone to death with a cinder block, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Police found the suspect riding a motorcycle but couldn't catch him. They later found the motorcycle parked outside of an apartment complex, the Sentinel said.
Using the parked bike as a clue, the officers knocked on the door of the nearest apartment unit at 1:30 a.m., ABC reported. But things soon went wrong. The officers knocking in the middle of the night did not announce who they were, although they were in uniform. The man who lived in the apartment answered the door armed with a gun. Police say he was pointing the gun at the deputies.
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Police shot and killed him. But it turned out that the man they killed wasn't the one who was actually riding the motorcycle earlier."It's just a bizarre set of circumstances. The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police officer, you're going to get shot," a police spokesman told WESH.
The victim is identified as 26-year-old Andrew Lee Scott. Meanwhile, the suspect police were actually looking for, 31-year-old Jonathan Brown, was later arrested in the same building. "There's fault on both sides. I think more so on the county," a building resident told WESH. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting, WESH reported.