Young man, Salaythis Melvin was fatally shot by deputy at Florida Mall filing
The family of Salaythis is filing suit against the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the deputies involved, their attorneys announced during a news conference on Wednesday.
At the start of the news conference, a statement from the family of 22-year-old Salaythis Melvin was read. In it, they stated that they “thank everyone who has prayed for us and express their condolences through our time of grief and despair.”
They went on to describe Melvin’s murder as “senseless” and stated that they are “unable to bring ourselves to watch all of the footage and ask that you all respect our privacy as we prepare to lay our son to rest.”
They added that at the time of his death “he was not a saint,” but “due to the action of several Orange County Sheriff deputies, his life was cut way too short.”
“If you really want to make sure our son’s death will not be in vain, promise us and the citizens of Orange County — be that black, white, young, or old, baptist, or catholic — be gunned down in the manner that our son was,” the attorney concluded on. The family said if demonstrators choose to protest, “please do so peacefully and respectfully. We do not need any more losses of life.”
On Tuesday evening, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released body camera videos from the fatal shooting outside the Florida Mall.
The incident happened on August 7th. The Sheriff’s Office initially said they were looking for a man who was wanted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and who was also a person of interest in a shooting.
Investigators said when they made contact with the wanted man, Melvin, who was with the group, took off. Melvin was said to have a stolen gun on him, according to the affidavit.
In one of the body camera videos, you can see a deputy driving through the parking lot. Through his windshield, a man is sprinting away and then falls to the ground. That was the moment deputies shot and killed 22-year-old Salaythis Melvin.
In the immediate aftermath, they drew their guns and surrounded him. Once they believed he was secure, they rendered aid and realized that he had been shot in the back.
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