Brevard County

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

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.


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.

Read: UPDATE: 23-year-old Brevard County deputy dies off-duty, shot by roommate, sheriff’s office says

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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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.