Sheriff Demings is right to investigate fatal shooting further

The FDLE didn't get around to asking for the video before it was erased.

According to the report, an FDLE agent asked the apartment complex for video on Aug. 5 — more than half a year after the shooting took place. Complex managers told investigators they erase it every 30 days.

There are questions about Breedlove's car, too.

Investigators say Breedlove sealed his own fate when he tried to ram officers with a GMC Denali. Lamar said Breedlove hit multiple cars — including a Ford Explorer that Lamar said Breedlove's Denali rammed so hard that it lifted two of the SUV's wheels off the ground.

The front of Breedlove's car, however, shows little to no damage, except for multiple bullet holes through the windshield.

An assistant state attorney later said that was because Breedlove's car struck the other vehicles in odd ways, thanks to evasive moves by the deputies, that resulted in Breedlove's car being damaged on its side.

When the grand jury presentation ended Thursday, Lamar declared the case closed.

Fortunately, Demings wants to go further, promising his own departmental review and report. His reasons for doing so were somewhat eloquent.

"It is my goal to continuously strive to make this agency more transparent and better equipped to face the challenges that are revealed on a day-to-day basis," Demings wrote. "We will continue to work with our community partners and leaders to foster understanding as we move forward together cooperatively, and remain resolute in maintaining the public's trust and confidence."

Finally answering these questions and disclosing what they learn will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.

Scott Maxwell can be reached at or 407-420-6141.


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