Deputy Shoots and Kills Man Armed with Stolen Gun Caught on Camera
Warning the video depicts the shooting of the suspect and is not suitable for children.
About 100 protesters took to the streets around Florida Mall on Friday, demanding answers in the deputy-involved shooting death of Salaythis Melvin.
Protesters are demanding justice for Salaythis Melvin after an Orange County fatally deputy shot him in the back outside of The Florida Mall earlier this month.
The investigators were looking for a different man at the time.
Some of Melvin’s family members attended a protest at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.
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His cousin gave an impassioned speech before they moved to a corner to protest.
They wanted to take advantage of the thousands of cars that drive through this busy intersection to raise awareness of what happened to Melvin.
People held signs with messages such as “running doesn’t equal a death sentence.”
They are frustrated by the response from the sheriff’s office. Officials said Melvin was told to stop running, then turned his head toward the deputy with his hand on a gun in his waistband.
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The sheriff’s office also said that the deputy who fired his weapon wasn’t issued a body camera. Video captured from another deputy’s device doesn’t clearly show what happened.
Only a few seconds of the video from the other deputy’s camera shows Melvin running before he is shot.
Melvin’s family said that the lack of clear answers makes them suspicious and angry.
“We’re not here to stop traffic. These people haven’t done anything to us. We’re here to make awareness,” said Sixx Jones, Melvin’s cousin. “Most of the people driving had no idea what happened at The Florida Mall and we want justice for the police officer who killed him.”
The family questions whether FDLE is independent enough to do a thorough investigation.
After the inquiry, Sheriff John Mina said the state attorney will determine if criminal charges are merited, then he will consider if policies were violated and what, if any, disciplinary measures should be taken.
The sheriff’s office said the deputy who shot Melvin, a member of the juvenile arrest and monitor unit, is on paid administrative leave.
The Florida Mall closed at 1 p.m. Friday after reports there could be looting.
Florida Mall closes early after reports of protest over fatal shooting of a man by Orange County deputy.
No looting occurred but the sheriff’s office shut down roads for protesters.
Deputies said several people were arrested as they responded to the demonstrations.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office also released a statement Saturday denying claims on social media that deputies used rubber bullets and chemical agents during Friday’s protest.
According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Melvin served time for several offenses in the past, including Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and resisting an officer with violence.
An Orange County deputy opened fire Friday on Melvin, who was armed with a stolen Glock handgun outside the Florida Mall, according to Sheriff John Mina.
The sheriff said the incident began Friday shortly after noon when deputies tried to approach a group of four individuals outside Dick’s Sporting Goods because one of the men had an active warrant for his arrest and was also a person of interest in a triple shooting that occurred on Powers Ridge Court in Pine Hills last month.
During the encounter, Melvin fled and deputies chased after him. At some point, Melvin, who had a stolen Glock handgun on his person, was shot by a deputy, according to the sheriff.
Melvin was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to undergo surgery before passing away.
Mina said the three other people who were in the group have been taken in for questioning.
“We’re going to sort out what their ties to any other crimes are,” Mina said.
Although the shooting happened at a busy mall in the middle of the day, Mina said the area where the incident occurred was relatively secluded.
“That part of the parking lot they were in was vacant at the time and there weren’t a lot of people there and this group is suspected of violence. So we wanted to get that person into custody and talk to them about the violence in our community,” Mina said.
No law enforcement officers were injured. One deputy, who has been on the force for more than a decade, fired his weapon. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the deputy-involved shooting, which is standard procedure.
Body camera video from the shooting will also be reviewed.
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