Brevard County

State attorney suggests police academies review Brevard County deputy-involved shooting investigation

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A state attorney sent a letter to local law enforcement training academies proposing that they review a recent deputy-involved shooting investigation.

State Attorney Phil Archer sent the letters to Eastern State and Seminole State Colleges after announcing that no charges would be filed after a Brevard County deputy shot and killed a 16-year-old and 18-year-old in Cocoa.

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“We do not comment on agency policy, procedures and training requirements,” Archer wrote in the letters. “However, I did express my concern in the statement for situations in which an officer is in a physical position where it becomes necessary to use deadly force to eliminate the threat from a moving vehicle.”

He went on to request that the programs consider reviewing the investigation to “determine if there are any potential changes or modifications that may be appropriate to the training presented to the students in your law enforcement academy.”

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Archer released a 12-page report outlining his decision to not file criminal charges for the use of deadly force by Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda last week.

Investigators said Santiago-Miranda shot and killed 16-year-old Angelo Crooms and 18-year-old Sincere Pierce last November on Stetson Drive in Cocoa following a traffic stop.

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Archer’s report stated that “evidence and testimony provided by the FDLE and BCSO investigations, held insufficient evidence for the State to prove at trial that Deputy Santiago was not acting in self-defense, a legal justification for the use of deadly force.”

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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.