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Dash-cam video helps clear deputies involved in shootout

Three Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an October, 2017 shootout with a robbery suspect.  Photo: Hal Scheurich, FOX10 News Three Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an October, 2017 shootout with a robbery suspect.  Photo: Hal Scheurich, FOX10 News
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WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO:  Three Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an October, 2017 shootout with a robbery suspect.  Prosecutors said a key piece of evidence in coming to that decision was the dash-cam video from the first-responding deputy.  

According to a police report, a bank teller at Warrington Bank called deputies after a suspicious man came into the bank, speaking and acting in a threatening manner.  She told dispatch she was afraid he might rob the bank.  She also told dispatch that the suspect, later identified as 26 year-old Demetric Denario Carter asked her to call police because he didn’t want to take anything out on them.  

Deputy Patrick Roberts soon caught up with him in front of a vacant building on Commerce Street.  Roberts’s dash-cam recorded the entire incident.  In the video, you can see and hear Deputy Roberts commanding Carter to keep his hands up and get on the ground.  Carter refused and Roberts warned responding backup that Carter had a gun in his back pocket.  Once two more deputies arrived, things escalated quickly.

“Deputy Roberts pulled out his taser, said just get on your knees, you know, words to that effect,” explained Assistant State Prosecutor, John Molchan.  “Mr. Carter refused and he went to tase him and almost simultaneously between the taser and Mr. Carter pulling his gun from his backside, shots were…started being exchanged at that point and the gunfire ensued.”

Molchan said Carter was able to fire seven rounds from his handgun while going to the ground.  All three deputies returned fire.  The suspect was hit several times and was treated at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  None of the three deputies on the scene were injured.  Molchan said it was very clear in this case how helpful police video can be in corroborating witness statements.

“In this particular case, the deputy says I told him over and over again to get down on his knees.  Do this.  Do that.  Well, all you have to do is listen to the video or watch the video and listen to the sound.  It validates that they tried to do certain things,” Molchan said.

Escambia County Sheriff, David Morgan issued a statement which said, “It’s unfortunate when citizens don’t follow lawful orders of the police and tragedy follows.”

Demetric Carter faces three attempted murder charges as well as a firearms charge of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Prosecutors said they’re in the process of trying to trace Carter’s gun back to its original owner.  
 

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