Deputy who fatally shot 16-year-old, 18-year-old won’t be charged, state attorney says – WFTV

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Deputy who fatally shot 16-year-old, 18-year-old won’t be charged, state attorney says – WFTV

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The Brevard County MP who shot and killed a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old last November will not be prosecuted in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Attorney Phil Archer released a 12-page report outlining his decision not to file a criminal complaint for use of lethal force by Brevard County’s Deputy Sheriff Jafet Santiago-Miranda.

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

The Archer report states: “The evidence and testimony of the FDLE and BCSO investigation did not contain enough evidence for the state to prove in court that MP Santiago did not act in self-defense, a legal justification for the use of lethal ones Violence.”

At the time, MPs said the car that Crooms and Pierce were in had escaped a traffic obstruction.

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Investigators said MPs were forced to open fire after the driver accelerated on MP despite being asked to get out of the car several times.

Both teenagers died on the scene.

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The MPs later released a dashcam video in which the 16-year-old driver pulls back from the driveway and turns to the MPs.

The case was turned over to FDLE, who forwarded their findings to prosecutor Phil Archer in February.

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