Seminole County

Body camera video shows moments before fatal deputy-involved shooting

SEMINOLE COUTY, Fla. — Newly released video shows the tense moments that led to a fatal deputy-involved shooting Thursday morning.

Deputies said the ordeal began when they responded to a home in the 400 block of Riverview Avenue just before 2 a.m. after a neighbor reported hearing a woman crying for help.

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Neighbor Maximilian Ranieri said he saw the man, later identified as Samuel, Kirk attacking the woman.

“He was holding this woman down and causing a lot of shouting on his part, a lot of shouting on her part,” he said.

According to the sheriff’s office, as deputies were investigating Kirk came out of the home with a gun.

Body camera footage released by the sheriff’s office appears to show Kirk approaching deputies with his gun already drawn.

Deputies said Kirk then fired at deputies, who then returned fire and struck Kirk in the chest at least five times.

Kirk was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

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Sheriff Dennis Lemma said his deputies did what they were trained to do.

“So that’s very close quarters. Deputies respond, they fire back, they neutralize the threat,” Lemma said.

See a map of the scene below:

Deputies said the woman told them she met Kirk at a bar earlier and that she had driven to the home where Kirk then attacked her.

The victim said Kirk picked her up, slammed her to the ground and choked her before she could get away.

Lemma did not release the name of the deputies involved but said both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an FDLE investigation.

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Jeff Deal

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