Former FBI agent believes Florida deputy-involved shooting justified

The president of the Indian River County NAACP said he has concerns about a deputy- involved shooting in Gifford on Saturday night. Investigators said Jamall Frederick was running from deputies when he was shot. On Tuesday, Sheriff Eric Flowers released the deputies’ body cam video .It shows deputies surrounding a car they said they stopped for suspicion of being connected to a string of burglaries.The deputies are heard quickly identifying a firearm in the vehicle before instructing the passenger closest to the gun to leave the car slowly.Instead, that passenger, identified as 19-year-old Jamall Nathanel Frederick, runs.Within seconds, multiple deputies can be seen and heard firing multiple shots at him.Brown said he worries the deputies fired too quickly.“My concern, and I voiced it right there with the sheriff, one one thousand, two one thousand, bam, bam, bam,” he said. “I say, ‘Sheriff, that was too quick.'”WPBF 25 News asked former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan to analyze the deputies’ actions. He said he originally had the same concerns Brown did.“If you watch it in real time, it’s really hard to distinguish anything as far as whether or not there’s actually a gun, what the present danger is,” Kaplan said.But Kaplan said once you slow the video down, his opinion changes. Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 NewsHe said that’s when he can see Frederick has a gun as he runs away, transfers it to his right hand, and turns back toward the deputies.“ At that moment, there was a clear and present, imminent threat to that police officer that would have justified him in using deadly force,” Kaplan said. Brown also voiced a concern about the direction of the gunfire. “My other biggest concern is indiscriminate shooting into my community,” Brown said. “That time of night, somebody could have been walking along the street. Somebody could have been going in their backyard.”But Kaplan said there was nothing indiscriminate about the shooting. He said the deputies were protecting themselves.“At that fleeting moment, that cop is certainly within his legal right and lawful right to neutralize that threat and use deadly force,” Kaplan said.The sheriff’s office said Frederick is in the hospital in stable condition .Four deputies were placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation into the shooting.Flowers said that is standard procedure.

The president of the Indian River County NAACP said he has concerns about a deputy- involved shooting in Gifford on Saturday night.

Investigators said Jamall Frederick was running from deputies when he was shot.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Eric Flowers released the deputies’ body cam video.

It shows deputies surrounding a car they said they stopped for suspicion of being connected to a string of burglaries.

The deputies are heard quickly identifying a firearm in the vehicle before instructing the passenger closest to the gun to leave the car slowly.

Instead, that passenger, identified as 19-year-old Jamall Nathanel Frederick, runs.

Within seconds, multiple deputies can be seen and heard firing multiple shots at him.

Brown said he worries the deputies fired too quickly.

“My concern, and I voiced it right there with the sheriff, one one thousand, two one thousand, bam, bam, bam,” he said. “I say, ‘Sheriff, that was too quick.'”

WPBF 25 News asked former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan to analyze the deputies’ actions. He said he originally had the same concerns Brown did.

“If you watch it in real time, it’s really hard to distinguish anything as far as whether or not there’s actually a gun, what the present danger is,” Kaplan said.

But Kaplan said once you slow the video down, his opinion changes.

Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News

He said that’s when he can see Frederick has a gun as he runs away, transfers it to his right hand, and turns back toward the deputies.

“At that moment, there was a clear and present, imminent threat to that police officer that would have justified him in using deadly force,” Kaplan said.

Brown also voiced a concern about the direction of the gunfire.

“My other biggest concern is indiscriminate shooting into my community,” Brown said. “That time of night, somebody could have been walking along the street. Somebody could have been going in their backyard.”

But Kaplan said there was nothing indiscriminate about the shooting. He said the deputies were protecting themselves.

“At that fleeting moment, that cop is certainly within his legal right and lawful right to neutralize that threat and use deadly force,” Kaplan said.

The sheriff’s office said Frederick is in the hospital in stable condition.

Four deputies were placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation into the shooting.

Flowers said that is standard procedure.

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