Tragic Shooting Underscores Problems at Department
Early Sunday morning, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed, Andrew Lee Scott 26 at his apartment in the Blueberry Hill II complex. Initial statements by Lieutenant John Herrell from the Sheriff’s Department suggested that the victim was a serial drug user and the deputies had identified themselves at the door. Subsequently, a narrative is coming forward that the victim Andrew Lee Scott was a hard-working soul who was no threat to the community, and multiple witnesses have come forward that the deputies did not announce themselves when they pounded on this door.
The story narrative by the Sheriff’s department has now changed that Scott pointed the gun at the deputies, but witnesses on the scene are disputing those facts. This shooting has inflamed emotions in the community about the conduct of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and it appears to us that the Sheriff’s department is spinning the story to create a narrative that can justify the unjustifiable. What happened that night may never be known because the primary witness to the event is dead.
If the standard for a citizen to get shot in his own home by a Lake County Sheriff‘s Deputies is answering their door at 1:30 in the morning with a weapon then there will be a lot of killings of innocent people in this county. This is not the wild west and deadly force should be the absolute last resort. A thorough investigation needs to occur and it appears to us there is a total lack of command by Sheriff’s Department.
This horrific shooting comes on the heels of a bad twelve months in which the reputation of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department has been severely damaged because of misconduct of its deputies.
- June 2012- Deputy Robert Mosley is arrested for shoplifting at Walmart.
- April 2012- Deputy John Waldrop is arrested for stealing gas from the Sheriff’s Department.
- November 2011- Deputy Andy Hernandez is arrested on drug charges.
- June 2011- Deputy Robin Douglass is arrested for domestic violence against a co-worker Deputy Robert Meyers.
What is going on with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department? It appears to us based on this shooting and these arrests that institutional control has been lost. With all the high paid leadership at the Sheriff’s Department how can these things happen?
We have two questions that we would like to get your comments and responses to?
- In your opinion was the shooting and killing of Andrew Lee Scott by Lake County Sheriff Deputies a tragic accident, justifiable response or over zealous law enforcement?
- Do you believe Sheriff Borders and his commanders have lost institutional control of the Sheriff’s Department?
To make your comment go to our website www.lakecountygov.info .
Finally, the Citizens for Better Government LLC wishes to express our condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Lee Scott. This tragic situation underscores the need for reform and restraint because we can never allow another innocent person to be shot and killed by law enforcement for just answering his door.
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