Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Family of Lake County man shot by deputy to sue

Mark NeJame says family of Andrew Lee Scott will seek maximum damages

The lawyers for the family of the Lake County man who was shot and killed by Lake County sheriff's deputies announced they are planning to sue the department in a news conference Monday.

Andrew Lee Scott, 26, was shot and killed after opening his Leesburg apartment door at 1:30 a.m. while pointing a gun at deputies, who did not identify themselves as law enforcement officers and came unannounced.

It was later found that Scott wasn't the suspect they were seeking. Deputies were searching for Jonathon Brown, who parked his motorcycle outside of Scott's apartment.

The news conference was held outside of Scott's apartment on Ryan Drive in Leesburg at by attorneys Mark NeJame and Jason Recksiedler. NeJame says he's filing the paperwork to prepare a major lawsuit against Lake County and the sheriff's office.

"Any person in Lake County who gets a 1:30 a.m. knock at the door and comes armed to find out who it is, it's legitimate to kill them in their home-is that right in anybody's eyes?" NeJame said.

NeJame said he is seeking maximum damages for the family and fiancee of Scott. He said the deputies didn't follow a state and federal law that says law enforcement officers must knock and announce their presence, according to a 20120 Florida Supreme Court ruling and a state statue.

Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders declined a request for an interview, but released a statement saying the sheriff's office isn't commenting on "pending or open litigation."

According to a release, the news conference will discuss the "practices and procedures of the Lake County Sheriff's Office under Lake County Sheriff, Gary S. Borders," and the "future course of action."

By Austin News

Source: The Austin News


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