State attorney’s review of Salaythis Melvin shooting ongoing more than a year later

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange-Osceola County State Attorney’s office said Wednesday that it is still working on its review of the shooting of Salaythis Melvin more than a year after his death.

Melvin was shot and killed last August outside the Florida Mall after the sheriff’s office said Deputy James Montiel feared for his life when Melvin started to face him while holding a gun in his waistband.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement turned over its findings to the state attorney’s office on Nov. 5, two days after the election and two months before State Attorney Monique Worrell assumed office.

The state attorney’s office released the following statement on Wednesday:

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“Since we took office in January, we (have) worked diligently to put together a policy of how all officer-involved critical incidents would be handled. We completed that policy around April. We have been working diligently to clear the numerous investigations that were waiting on the new administration. Our OICI team is working to thoroughly and responsibly evaluate this matter. When it is resolved, we will inform the parties involved of the determination and then ensure the community knows as well.”

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Sarah Wilson

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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.