Entering Wrong Apartment, US Cop Shoots Down Black Air Force Officer

A Florida sheriff’s deputy made a forced entry into wrong apartment and shot dead a black airman of the US Air Force on May 3.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of other African American victims of police violence, demanded a full investigation into the incident in which the airman Roger Fortson was killed.

Crump said the 23-year-old Fortson was on FaceTime with his girlfriend, a nurse, when the shooting took place.

According to Crump, the airman was shot six times.

In his statement, Sheriff Eric Aden of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy had responded to “a call of a disturbance in progress where he encountered an armed man.”

“The deputy shot the man, who later succumbed to his injuries,” Aden said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state attorney’s office would conduct an investigation into the incident.

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