Monday, February 20, 2006

Man Shot, Killed By Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy

JUPITER, Fla. -- A 29-year-old man was shot to death by a veteran Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy as he reached toward his waistband for what deputies thought was a gun, officials said.

The shooting occurred in a neighborhood near Jupiter on Friday night as deputies were responding to a 911 call of a juvenile with a weapon.

Deputies were flagged down and led to a car where Chester Otis Washington became verbally aggressive toward the deputies, sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.

Washington was hit first with a Taser stun gun, but it did not subdue him. He made a movement toward his waistband when he was shot by a sheriff's sergeant who saw a shiny object, Barbera said.

The shiny object turned out to be a Swiss Army knife, Barbera said.

Identity of the sergeant who shot Washington was withheld. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending investigation of the shooting.

Washington had a lengthy criminal record dating to 1997. He was arrested eight times and he was sentenced to more than three years in prison and jail, according to state records.

He had a record that included multiple convictions for resisting an officer, twice with violence. Twice he was charged with battery on an officer. Other convictions include possession and intent to sell drugs.

Chester Washington
Department of Corrections photo of Chester Washington upon his release from prison in 2001.

Well, that's one more career criminal off the streets.

Sounds like a good shoot to me, regardless of the fact that it was only a knife he was reaching for.

He'd still be alive today if he'd only not resisted the cops and not went for something in his waistband after being shot with a taser.

I hope the cops come out of this clean.