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Sheriff released more info on night deputies shot, killed man

The Osceola County sheriff’s office has released surveillance video of the Kissimmee Target taken the night of deputies shot and killed a 20-year-old man.Sheriff Marcos Lopez won’t say yet exactly why his deputies opened fire, but he claims the man who was killed, Jayden Baez, accelerated his car toward the deputies ramming four of their vehicles and causing one deputy to jump out of the way for fear of his life. At Monday’s news conference, the Sheriff showed photos of the damage to the deputies’ cars . It’s important to note, these were unmarked vehicles.The deputies had been doing training near the Target and according to the sheriff saw the young men’s car and thought it was suspicious because the tag was obscured.The sheriff claims the deputies learned two of the men had been seen stealing items from the Target. He said, as a result, his deputies used their vehicles to block in the young men’s car. He also says the deputies did illuminate their flashing lights, were wearing vests that said ‘Sheriff’ and yelled to the young men to stop. It’s unclear if the deputies fired only after Baez allegedly accelerated his car toward them and the sheriff won’t get into those details yet citing the FDLE investigation.Part of surveillance video below:Lopez said misinformation has been published about the shooting, provided by “people with financial motivation,” apparently referencing the attorneys.Full news conference below:Lopez said deputies in training noticed “suspicious behavior” of four males in the Target parking lot. The training was concluded and deputies were ordered to “gear up.” A loss prevention office watched suspects Lowe and another suspect, Michael Gomez, steal merchandise. Lopez said the deputies’ vehicles were not marked but had flashing lights and the deputies had uniforms on that read, “Sheriff.” He said multiple vehicles were damaged when Baez rammed the sheriff’s vehicles attempting to block his vehicle in. Lopez said he believes there is evidence Baez committed aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and multiple other offenses. The sheriff said Baez, and the three other suspects in the vehicle had criminal histories. Lopez stated that Baez had a weapon on him, but he would not say if the gun was brandished before he was shot. Attorneys for Lowe and Baez’s families, Mark NeJame and Albert Yonfa, said last week that the shooting should have never happened. They said the deputies did not identify themselves and shot into the victim’s vehicle. “Not only was the driver killed on the spot — from what we understand by a hail of bullets — but Joseph Lowe, 19-year-old Joseph Lowe, put his hands up,” NeJame said. On Monday, NeJame released a statement on the release of surveillance video and the sheriff’s news conference: “As expected, the Sheriff’s office has attempted to deflect responsibility and liability for its dangerous and deadly policies. It was anticipated that the Sheriff would deflect and attempt to shoot the young men rather than addressing why they were maimed and killed. He did not disappoint. His excuse from him is that the FDLE will be responsible for the release of information is another red herring. Such investigations typically take about 90 days. The public, the victims and their families and the citizens of Osceola county deserve and have a right to know now how such atrocities occurred. His failure to address so many issues suspiciously causes more questions to be raised. The attorneys plan to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit, claiming gross negligence. The attorneys will hold a news conference Tuesday to answer questions about Michael Gomez, a third passenger in the vehicle who was shot multiple times in the back.

The Osceola County sheriff’s office has released surveillance video of the Kissimmee Target taken the night of deputies shot and killed a 20-year-old man.

Sheriff Marcos Lopez won’t say yet exactly why his deputies opened fire, but he claims the man who was killed, Jayden Baez, accelerated his car toward the deputies ramming four of their vehicles and causing one deputy to jump out of the way for fear of his life.

At Monday’s news conference, the Sheriff showed photos of the damage to the deputies’ cars. It’s important to note, these were unmarked vehicles.

The deputies had been doing training near the Target and according to the sheriff saw the young men’s car and thought it was suspicious because the tag was obscured.

The sheriff claims the deputies learned two of the men had been seen stealing items from the Target.

He said, as a result, his deputies used their vehicles to block in the young men’s car. He also says the deputies did illuminate their flashing lights, were wearing vests that said ‘Sheriff’ and yelled to the young men to stop.

It’s unclear if the deputies fired only after Baez allegedly accelerated his car toward them and the sheriff won’t get into those details yet citing the FDLE investigation.

Part of surveillance video below:

Lopez said misinformation has been published about the shooting, provided by “people with financial motivation,” apparently referring to the attorneys.

Full news conference below:

Lopez said deputies in training noticed “suspicious behavior” of four males in the Target parking lot. The training was concluded and deputies were ordered to “gear up.”

A loss prevention office watched suspects Lowe and another suspect, Michael Gomez, steal merchandise.

Lopez said the deputies’ vehicles were not marked but had flashing lights and the deputies had uniforms on that read, “Sheriff.”

He said multiple vehicles were damaged when Baez rammed the sheriff’s vehicles attempting to block his vehicle in.

Lopez said he believes there is evidence Baez committed aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and multiple other offenses.

The sheriff said Baez, and the three other suspects in the vehicle had criminal histories.

Lopez stated that Baez had a weapon on him, but would not say if the gun was brandished before he was shot.

Attorneys for Lowe and Baez’s families, Mark NeJame and Albert Yonfa, said last week that the shooting should have never happened. They said the deputies did not identify themselves and shot into the victim’s vehicle.

“Not only was the driver killed on the spot — from what we understand by a hail of bullets — but Joseph Lowe, 19-year-old Joseph Lowe, put his hands up,” NeJame said.

On Monday, NeJame released a statement on the release of surveillance video and the sheriff’s news conference: “As expected, the Sheriff’s office has attempted to deflect responsibility and liability for its dangerous and deadly policies. It was anticipated that the Sheriff would deflect and attempt to shoot the young men rather than addressing why they were maimed and killed. He did not disappoint. His excuse from him is that the FDLE will be responsible for the release of information is another red herring. Such investigations typically take about 90 days. The public, the victims and their families and the citizens of Osceola county deserve and have a right to know now how such atrocities occurred. His failure to address so many issues suspiciously causes more questions to be raised.

The attorneys plan to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit, claiming gross negligence.

The attorneys will hold a news conference Tuesday to answer questions about Michael Gomez, a third passenger in the vehicle who was shot multiple times in the back.

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