Top stories of 2012: Shooting Death Of Leesburg Pizza Deliveryman By Lake Deputy Prompts Controversy

Staff Report | Orlando Sentinel
Posted January 1, 2013

LEESBURG - The death of a pizza deliveryman at the hands of a Lake County deputy sheriff sparked cries of injustice and a debate over whether law-enforcement officers should announce themselves when knocking on a door.

The July shooting was a major story in 2012 in Lake County.

Responding to a knock at 1:30 a.m., Andrew Lee Scott opened the door of his apartment at the Blueberry Hill II complex armed with his gun. Deputies didn't announce they were law enforcement when they mistakenly went to the wrong apartment in search of an attempted-murder suspect.

Sheriff Gary Borders said Scott pointed the weapon at a deputy, who then shot and killed the 26-year-old. Orlando attorney Mark NeJame, representing Scott's family, said Scott didn't point a gun at deputies.

The shooting prompted protests by friends of Scott, who chanted "Justice for Drew" outside the Sheriff's Office.

Borders called the shooting "an unfortunate incident" but one "where the deputy sheriff felt like his life was in danger and defended himself." Prosecutors determined that the shooting was justified, a decision that produced more give and take between NeJame and the Sheriff's Office.

NeJame's reading was that laws allow "an innocent person, under these circumstances, to be gunned down in his own home and to have no criminal charges filed for his death." Sheriff's Lt. John Herrell said the deputy fired "as a last resort and to defend his life and the life of the deputies with him."