Oh, wait. The dead guy is white? Nevermind.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies shot and killed a man they assumed was an attempted murder suspect on Sunday, but they now know they shot the wrong man.
In the early morning hours, deputies knocked on 26-year-old Andrew Lee Scott’s door without identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. Scott answered the door with a gun in his hand.
“When we knocked on the door, the door opened and the occupant of that apartment was pointing a gun at deputies and that’s when we opened fire and killed him,” Lt. John Herrell said.
Deputies thought they were confronting Jonathan Brown, a man accused of attempted murder. Brown was spotted at the Blueberry Hills Apartment complex and his motorcycle was parked across from Andrew Scott’s front door.
“It’s just a bizarre set of circumstances. The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police office, you’re going to get shot,” Herrell said.
Residents said the unannounced knock at the door at 1:30 a.m. may be the reason why the tragedy happened.
“He was the wrong guy and he got shot and killed anyway. There’s fault on both sides. I think more so on the county,” Ryan Perry said. “I can understand why he [the deputy] did it, but it should have never gone down like that,” Perry said.
Brown was arrested near the same building where Scott was shot. Brown and another suspect in the same case, Anthony Rodriguez, were booked into the Lake County Jail over the weekend.
WTF were cops doing banging on the guy’s door at 1:30 in the morning? It doesn’t sound as if they had a warrant and they weren’t in hot pursuit. This was an apartment complex, the suspect they were looking for could have been anywhere.
Arming yourself before answering a strange knock in the middle of the night is not unreasonable or unforeseeable. If the deputies had identified themselves the guy would likely have put the gun away before answering the door.
Were they going door-to-door or did they they have reason to believe the suspect was in that apartment? How many deputies were on the scene? Why didn’t they stake the place out and wait for daylight?
I’d love to represent the guy’s family in the civil suit that is coming.