- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - The latest developments in the arrest of a Florida deputy on charges of manslaughter in the 2013 shooting of a man carrying an air rifle. All times local.

1:55 p.m.

The attorney for a South Florida deputy says his client will be cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2013 shooting death of a man carrying an air rifle.

Attorney Eric Schwartzreich said at a bond hearing Friday that Broward sheriff’s deputy Peter Peraza was doing his job when he fatally shot 33-year-old Jermaine McBean. Schwartzreich says Peraza had no choice but to treat the authentic-looking rifle as a real gun that was a threat to the public.

A judge set a $25,000 bond for Peraza, who faces 30 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter with a firearm. Peraza has been suspended from the Broward Sheriff’s Office without pay pending the outcome of the case.

McBean’s family welcomed Peraza’s indictment, claiming there has been a cover-up in the case.


10:40 p.m.

A South Florida sheriff’s deputy has been charged with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of a man who was carrying only an air rifle and may have been unable to hear police commands because he was listening to music through earbuds.

A grand jury indictment released Friday charges Broward sheriff’s deputy Peter Peraza with manslaughter with a firearm in the shooting of 33-year-old Jermaine McBean, who was black. The charge carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors said Peraza turned himself in Friday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to speak for him. The Broward Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

McBean was shot by Peraza after 911 callers reported seeing him carrying what appeared to be a real rifle down a busy street.

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