FDLE: Shooting Death of Leesburg Man Justified

By Tiffany Teasley | Reporter
Posted Sep 26, 2012

FDLE: Shooting Death of Leesburg Man JustifiedTAVARES, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Those who knew Andrew Lee Scott, 26, are outraged about the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's findings that the actions of the Lake County Sheriff's deputy were justified after he shot and killed the Leesburg man when he knocked on the wrong door looking for another man in July.

"I don't like it at all because he was a guy that minded his own business he came home, he cared about protecting his family and I just think the whole thing's wrong and blown out of proportion and they should have announced themselves," said neighbor Lauren Downs.

According to the State Attorney's Office, the Sheriff's office wasn't required to announce themselves because they didn't forcibly enter, Scott family attorney Mark NeJame disagrees.

"If you're going to arm yourself pounding on a door, that suggests that you're seeking a forceful entry," said NeJame.

Despite several protests and rallies by Scott's family and friends, the deputy will not face criminal charges, the report also identified inconsistencies made by Scott's girlfriend who was there then night he was shot, something NeJame argues is expected.

"Who would not have some minor discrepancies? Was the gun lower or higher, that's a natural and normal,"NeJame said.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman says the report confirms their initial findings from the very start.

"The deputy took the action he did as a last resort and only to defend himself and the other deputies at the scene," said Lt. John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

NeJame says Scott's family is devastated but says the report won't impact their civil suit which he expects to file in a few weeks.