Deputies return to work after fatal shooting
Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 12:33 a.m.
BRONSON - The two deputies involved with the fatal shooting of a Levy County man on Feb. 17 will return to work this week.
Deputy Robert Kerry Reynolds, 30, and his supervisor, Sgt. Danny Lee Turner, 33, will return to duty on Wednesday. They had been on routine paid administrative leave since the shooting death of Matthew Lee Arthur, 44, Bronson.
Arthur died after being shot twice with a Glock .45-caliber.
The case was reviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which notified the Sheriff's Office Monday that both deputies acted appropriately.
"They also went through a mental health evaluation and were cleared to return to work," said sheriff's spokesman Capt. Chuck Bastak. "Sheriff (Johnny) Smith is pleased they were able to defend themselves but of course nobody here is pleased that anybody had to be killed. This was one of those bad situation and our hearts go out to the family."
According to the Sheriff's Office, the officers used less than lethal force three times while trying to subdue Arthur.
Bastak provided the following summary of events leading up to Arthur's death at the scene:
The deputies were trying to handcuff Arthur after he fled from them while they were trying to serve him papers in a domestic violence case. While being cuffed, Arthur struggled to get free and Reynolds shot him once with a Taser. Later on, Arthur was Maced twice. He eventually ran for his truck and reached behind the seat for a gun. "Reynolds could see the subject coming out and raising up a gun and that is when he (Reynolds) fired," Bastak said.
State Attorney Bill Cervone said his office will follow its own policy and present the case to a Levy County grand jury as soon as possible.
"It's my belief that when there is a law enforcement shooting, there should be the type of citizen review that a grand jury can provide," Cervone said.
Karen Voyles can be reached at (352) 486-5058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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