- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A U.S. District Judge has said he is “deeply concerned” that evidence was destroyed in a fatal officer-involved shooting.

Local media report court proceedings Wednesday revealed that Palm Beach County Sgt. Michael Custer’s laptop and cellphone had been destroyed. Custer shot and killed 24-year-old Seth Adams in May 2012. Attorneys representing Adams’ family say the devices could have provided information about why Custer used deadly force against Adams.

Judge Daniel Hurley says he wants answers regarding who destroyed the devices.

If unhappy with the answers sheriff’s officials provide, Hurley says he would take strong action, including unilaterally deciding the case in favor of Adams’ family.

Sheriff’s office officials say the laptop was destroyed as part of a routine practice of upgrading computer equipment. It is unclear why the cellphone disappeared.

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