Pilot Legally Authorized to Carry Guns Gets Shot by PoliceAugust 26, 2022 • Aviation • Antitrust, Personal Injury • 0 comments
The entire Key Largo community is grieving after a beloved pilot was fatally shot by police on August 17th. According to initial reports, Florida Keys deputies had no choice but to shoot at the 48-year-old pilot in what appears to be a “death by police suicide” situation.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement saying that the victim was at his own home and was very intoxicated. It remains unclear what led multiple deputies to respond to the pilot’s home, but when they arrived they witnessed the pilot with his firearm. The authorities were able to make contact with the pilot via phone, but their talks were unsuccessful. The pilot reportedly told the authorities that he was ready to confront them. Then, he emerged outside and pointed his weapon at the police.
The police responded immediately by shooting at the victim, who later passed away from his injuries.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has initiated an investigation into the ordeal to ensure that everything was handled in the best way possible. They’ve stated that the victim was legally authorized to carry weapons. He was a part of the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Flight Deck Officer Program. This program lets armed pilots protect themselves and patrons by carrying their firearms on flights.
More details are expected to emerge in the coming days.
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