The shooting scene in Zephyrhills on Tuesday evening
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (WFLA) -
Sheriff Chris Nocco says the suspect deputies shot at a tire shop was not armed.
It happened Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot near Big Ben Tires at 4128 Gall Blvd. around 4:30 p.m. The sheriff tells News Channel 8 that detectives had been investigating Jerry Brown, 41.
When an undercover detective made a buy, he signaled awaiting deputies to make the arrest. That's when Nocco says Brown didn't comply with their orders.
“They are telling the suspect to show us your hands. They are giving orders,” said Nocco. “The suspect did not comply. His actions led detectives on the scene to fear for their lives, and to fear for the life of the undercover detective who was still in that car."
“Our detectives had an absolute fear that their lives were in jeopardy,” Nocco continued.
Deputies shot Brown, who later died at the hospital.
Speaking on Tuesday night to News Channel 8, Brown's fiancee, Erika Albury, painted a very different picture of the man she planned to marry at the end of the year.
"He's a great guy," Albury said. "He's just been in some trouble in the past, that's all."
Sheriff Nocco says the deputies were forced to make a split-second decision, and shoot.
Albury is having a tough time understanding how this happened.
"It's ridiculous," Albury said. "It's stupid. There's no reason to shoot somebody."
Albury said Brown was not a violent person.
Sheriff Nocco couldn't reveal many specifics about the investigation, because the state attorney's office has now taken the case.
A public information officer told News Channel 8 that two detectives fired their weapons. They are currently on routine paid administrative, leave pending the outcome of this investigation.