‘This is insanity’: Attorneys for men shot at outside Target push Osceola County sheriff for answers

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Attorneys for the four young men shot at by deputies in a Target parking lot shared new details about what they say happened that night during a news conference.


Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez released surveillance video on Monday and talked about the moments before deputies opened fire.

The video shows us a lot of the action, but the shooting is blocked by a tree. It’s the only view we have of the shooting because deputies were not wearing body cameras.

WATCH: Surveillance video released of deputy-involved shooting outside Osceola County Target

Surveillance video fills some gaps but there are still a lot of details that have yet to be released, and the attorneys representing the four men who were shot at, two of them injured and one of the killed, say it is not enough.

“Sheriff Lopez, we need some answers,” attorney Mark NeJame said. “This is insanity”

The sheriff said that Jayden Baez, 20, rammed four deputies’ unmarked vehicles in an attempt to flee when deputies got out of the car.

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But on Tuesday, NeJame said the video shows that the deputies hit the car the young men were in first, not the other way around.

Deputies said when they pulled Baez out of the car, a gun fell to the ground. But NeJame said that shouldn’t matter because no one saw the gun until after Baez was killed.

Deputies won’t say if the gun was pointed at them. Lopez said his deputies feared for their lives and were forced to open fire.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating whether the shooting was justified.

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NeJame said he is questioning the reports regarding the shooting that were released by the sheriff’s office on Monday saying they were all filed at the same time on the same day more than a week after the shooting.

Channel 9 reached out to the sheriff’s office for comment, but we have not heard back.

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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.