September 8, 2016
State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, Bill Eddins, announced today that the Office of the State Attorney has completed its review of the June 19, 2016 shooting death of Anthony Ford which occurred in Fort Walton Beach. Ford was shot by Fort Walton Beach Police officer Travis Sailor while he was responding to a noise complaint at Ford’s residence. The Office of the State Attorney has deemed the shooting was justified and no criminal charges should be filed against Officer Sailor.
June 20, 2016 press release from Fort Walton Beach Police Department
FORT WALTON BEACH – Ft. Walton Beach Police Master Police Officer (MPO) Sailor responded to a repeat call for service in reference to a loud noise complaint on June 19, 2016 at about 2:30 am at 204 Watson Dr. NW. MPO Sailor arrived and made contact with Mr. Anthony Ford (age 30), who was sitting in his vehicle in the driveway, about the complaint. According to the report, MPO Sailor observed firearms in the vehicle and immediately called for assistance. Mr. Ford then picked up one of the firearms, pulled the slide to the rear and let it go. MPO Sailor gave commands to Mr. Ford to put the firearm down several times, to which Mr. Ford refused. MPO Sailor fired his duty weapon due to the threat presented. Mr. Ford was struck. CPR was imitated on Mr. Ford and he was transported to the Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center Emergency Room. Mr. Ford died at the hospital.
MPO Sailor was placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of a preliminary investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
This is an active investigation and information will be released at the conclusion of the FDLE investigation.
Click here to read the full report from the State Attorney’s Office: state-attorney-report-of-ford-shooting