- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle deputy fatally shot a man who was trying to take another deputy’s gun.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media that the shooting occurred Friday morning while deputies were trying to serve a felony arrest warrant on 35-year old Joseph Leland Fletcher.

Authorities say three deputies went to a Fort Walton Beach townhome and found Fletcher inside a closet. The posting says Fletcher became violent, prompting one deputy to deploy a Taser. The stun gun was ineffective, and Fletcher began struggling with a second deputy. Authorities say Fletcher eventually gained control of the gun, and a third deputy shot him.

The encounter was captured on agency body cameras.

Officials didn’t immediately identify the race of Fletcher or the deputies.


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