Florida Deputy Fired After Fatal Shooting of U.S. Airman Following Sheriff’s Probe

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday the termination of Deputy Eddie Duran, the Florida sheriff’s deputy involved in the fatal shooting of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Roger Fortson. An internal investigation determined that Duran’s use of deadly force was unjustified, as stated by the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Eric Aden stated, “The objective facts do not support the use of deadly force as an appropriate response to Mr. Fortson’s actions.” Attempts to reach Duran for comment were unsuccessful.

A. Keith Dean, representing Duran through the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association, declined immediate comment.

The incident occurred on May 3 when Duran responded to a disturbance report at Fortson’s Fort Walton Beach apartment. Fortson, 23, was fatally shot upon opening his door, despite not committing any crime or posing a threat to the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office.

Fortson’s family and their attorneys claim he was on a video call with his girlfriend and believed someone was attempting to break in. They allege Duran responded to the wrong apartment.

The release of body camera footage by the sheriff’s office depicted Fortson being shot multiple times upon answering the door.

Initially, the sheriff’s office cited self-defense in Duran’s actions, but the internal investigation revealed a violation of agency policy.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to investigate the incident.

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