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Video from body camera captures the deputy shooting and killing Air Force airman at his residence

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Police in Florida have released bodycam footage showing the moment a deputy fatally shot an Air Force airman as he answered the door to his apartment last week.

Roger Fortson, 23, a Black senior airman, is seen in the video answering the door while holding a handgun by his side before — the deputy opened fire multiple times at close range. Fortson later died in the hospital.

The bodycam footage was released after the family’s civil rights attorney, Ben Crump, who represents the family, urged officials to make it public. The family and local police are in a dispute as to what really happened in the lead-up to the deadly shooting which took place in Okaloosa County, which is located in the northwest of Florida.

The family of Roger Fortson and attorney Ben Crump
The family of Roger Fortson, 23, who was shot dead by police last week when answering the door to his apartment. Also pictured is the family’s attorney, Ben Crump.

“What we do know at this time is that the deputy did announce himself not once, but twice. Mr. Fortson’s comments indicate that he did acknowledge it was law enforcement at the door and he arrived at the door with a firearm in his hand. The deputy knocked on the correct door. He did not cover the peephole or otherwise obscure its view in any way.”

He added that law enforcement is committed to transparency and looks forward to FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and the state attorney’s report.

It remains unclear who called law enforcement on the day of the shooting or why.

In other bodycam footage, a woman meets the deputy at the complex and directs him to apartment 1401, where she said she heard noises that sounded like domestic abuse two weeks prior.

But there was no indication of why any witness might suspect there was a disturbance in that apartment on the day of the shooting because Fortson was home there alone. That is why the family suspects the deputy was directed to the wrong door.

Crump said that Fortson was on a FaceTime call with his girlfriend when he heard a knock on his door. He asked, “Who is it?” but didn’t get a response, Crump said, relating the girlfriend’s account.

Bodycam screenshot of Roger Fortson answering the door with a gun as a deputy points his firearm at him.

Fortson then retrieved a gun he owned legally and walked back through his living room toward the door, Crump said.

“He was in his apartment minding his business and then… this cascade of tragic events started to take place,” Crump said.

Crump’s office also released FaceTime video from Fortson’s call with his girlfriend that seemed to capture Fortson moaning and saying “I can’t breathe” as he lay mortally wounded, according to Reuters. The camera appeared to be pointed at a ceiling fan and did not show Fortson or the deputy, the publication reports.

The Air Force says Forston supported its special operations wing at Hurlburt Field.

“They took a patriot from us,” Crump said at a press conference with the family. “He respected authority, had he known they were the police… he would have just opened up his apartment.”

Crump was also an attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was an emergency medical technician, who died in similar circumstances to Fortson when police burst into her apartment with a drug warrant.

Taylor’s boyfriend at the time, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot that hit one of the officers as they came through the door and they returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times. No drugs or cash were found at Taylor’s apartment.

Crump said Fortson always dreamed of becoming a pilot, describing him as a patriot and a good young man who followed rules and respected authority.…Continue The Full Reading.>’.

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