Lake Sheriff's Office releases body cam video from fatal shooting Jan. 20 in Clermont

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  • 2023-01-28 17:09:29Z
  • By Daily Commercial

CLERMONT - Body cam video released Friday by the Lake County Sheriff's Office shows deputies reluctant to pull the trigger but deadly efficient when they shot and killed a man on Jan. 20.

Deputies were called to 9201 Pine Island Road at about 11:20 a.m. for a well being check on Donald C. Brady, 68. It immediately turned into a terrifying encounter.

"Gun!" a deputy shouted as they walked up to a screened in porch on the back of the house.

The original story:Lake deputies shoot, kill man, 68, who was armed with rifle and handgun

Earlier coverage of this issue:Lake County law enforcement-involved shootings: Four so far this year, only one last year

Two deputies can be seen running for cover as the gunman opens fire.

A dramatic episode

"Put the gun down!" a deputy shouted repeatedly, sometimes using profanity. "Put the gun down," the deputy shouted, using his name. "We're the Sheriff's Office. We're just checking on you!"

At one point, the man's voice can be heard on the video telling the deputies to get off his property.

"I don't want to shoot that old man," a deputy said.

"I don't either," the other deputy said.

Their attention soon turned to concerns about the unidentified woman in the house.

"Where are you at?" they shouted to her.

She said she was on the porch.

"Where's he at?"

"I don't know."

They tried to figure out a way to remove her from danger, wondered if there was another way into the house, and worried about her getting into a crossfire.

This screen capture is from body camera video released by the Lake County Sheriff
This screen capture is from body camera video released by the Lake County Sheriff's Office.  

Soon, members of the sheriff's SWAT team arrived.

The sheriff's crisis negotiation team tried to talk to the man, according to a sheriff's press release at the time.

Dramatic video shows a SWAT team member firing four shots at the man with a rifle, then two more, then two more individual shots can be heard.

"He's still moving," a SWAT team member said.

Another deputy can be heard over the radio asking if he was in the way.

Soon, a supervisor can be heard telling the SWAT team member to stop talking.

"No officers are injured. He's down. We're going to move in for medical stuff."

FDLE is investigating

The Florida department of Law Enforcement is investigating and deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure, Lt. John Herrell said in a press release.

The Daily Commercial reported earlier this month that a deputy who fired at a car full of drug and fraud suspects in Lady Lake in April had been cleared of wrongdoing. One suspect suffered minor injuries.

It was one of four officer-involved shootings in Lake County in 2022. The Sheriff's Office was involved in three of those. The remaining three are still under investigation. The State Attorney's Office must determine whether any laws were broken by law enforcement officers during the incidents.

This article originally appeared on Daily Commercial: Body camera video shows Lake deputies during deadly call in Clermont


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