An Officer Involved Shooting That Left A Suspect Dead After Attempting To Serve Felony Warrants Has Been Ruled Justifiable

May 17, 2017

The shooting death of Joseph Leland Fletcher on November 18, 2016 by an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy has been been determined justified and no charges will be filed according to Bill Eddins, the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit in Florida.

On November 18, 2016, deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office attempted to execute an arrest warrant on Joseph Leland Fletcher.

The law enforcement officers used several non-lethal methods to allow Joseph Fletcher to surrender peacefully. Because of Mr. Fletcher’s actions, the deputies were forced to use a battering ram to enter the residence and then used non-lethal force to arrest him.

Mr. Fletcher chose to attack the deputies and violently resisted their efforts to arrest him. Mr. Fletcher, during the struggle, removed the firearm of one of the deputies, placing all the deputies’ safety and lives at risk.

The actions of Joseph Fletcher reasonably placed Sergeant Grady Carpenter in fear of imminent harm to himself and his fellow law enforcement officers. The actions of Sergeant Grady Carpenter in shooting Joseph Leland Fletcher were justifiable.

The death of Joseph Leland Fletcher was a result of justifiable use of deadly force and no criminal charges will be filed.

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