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Affidavit: Brevard County deputy pulled trigger twice, firing single shot that killed fellow deputy

WFTV Channel 9 Orlando
WFTV Channel 9 Orlando
 2022-12-05
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Video: Affidavit: Brevard County deputy pulled trigger twice, firing single shot that killed fellow deputy An off-duty Brevard County deputy pointed his gun at his roommate, a fellow deputy, inside their apartment and pulled the trigger twice, according to a warrant. (Phylicia Ashley, WFTV.com)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — An off-duty Brevard County deputy pointed his gun at his roommate, a fellow deputy, inside their apartment and pulled the trigger twice, according to an arrest warrant.

Investigators said deputy Andrew Lawson reported that the gun did not go off the first time. The second time, Lawson told deputies a single shot fired and struck deputy Austin Walsh, 23, in the head, killing him.

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According to the affidavit, Lawson told investigators that he believed the gun was not loaded when he pointed it at his friend while they took a break from playing “Call of Duty.” He told investigators he should have known there were bullets in the gun based on its weight.

Lawson said he called 911 immediately to report what had happened.

Officers said that when they found the gun, it was loaded with a bullet in the chamber. They also found one spent casing near Walsh’s body.

Lawson has been charged with manslaughter. He was released from Brevard County Jail on Monday afternoon after posting $15,000 bond.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the days since the early Saturday morning shooting have been the toughest of his career, as he lost two deputies at the same time.

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Frank Summerville
12-06

wow. is it was a civilian we would have no bond. sad considering this clown should know how to use a firearm. Don't point it at people unless you are using it.

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Michele Notigan
12-06

OK, let me try & understand something, this deputy killed another deputy - pulling the trigger twice, & he's out on bail???!!! Seriously.?! This is BS.

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Truth_Hurts
12-06

Something about this guys story just doesn't add up. Semiautomatic guns don't clear themselves. If he pulled the trigger once and it didn't fire he would have to clear that round by pulling the slide back, release the slide chambering another round.

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