An innocent man was shot dead by police after deputies mistook him for an attempted murder suspect.
Lake County, Florida officers showed up at the Blueberry Hill apartment of Andrew Scott at around 1.30am on Sunday
Roused from his bed in the middle of the night by an unknown presence at his property, Andrew Scott answered the door holding a gun.
Officers had not announced who they were because they did not want the man they thought was inside, Jonathan Brown, to escape.
sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said their silence was ‘tactically advantageous’.
On seeing that Scott was armed officers immediately opened fire with a shower of bullets that killed the 26-year-old and left several holes in his front door.
A friend and co-worker of the pizza delivery man told the Orlando Sentinel that Scott had planned to spend the evening watching movies with his girlfriend, with whom he lived.
Pat Casalaspro insisted that Scott was not a confrontational person, adding: ‘I guarantee you he was trying to protect himself.’
Deputies had pursued Brown earlier as he fled the scene of the attempted killing on a motorbike.
He and an accomplice, Anthony Rodriquez, had attacked a man in the street and were about to smash a cinder block on his head when a passerby stopped them, myfoxorlando.com reported.
Brown took off, chased by deputies who then lost sight of him.
Hours later his bike was seen at the apartment complex, leading them to believe he was inside Scott’s home.
They found drugs in the man’s apartment but it wasn’t until an hour and half after Scott was killed that officers realised their mistake.
He was not the man they were looking for.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating how the error was made as neighbours demand answers to questions such as why the officers did not identify themselves as they stood on Scott’s porch.
Several awoke to the sound of gunfire as Scott was shot, shortly followed by a woman’s screams.
31-year-old Brown was found in the building next door to Scott’s and was arrested on the original attempted murder charge.