No charges for deputy who shot man in stolen car investigation

Grand jury finds charges against deputy not appropriate in shooting

Local 6 News at 5:00p
Local 6 News at 5:00p

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – State Attorney Jeff Ashton announced on Wednesday that the deputy who shot a man during a stolen car investigation will not be charged.

Cedric Bartee, 28, was shot by Orange County Deputy Robert McCarthy in December 2014. Bartee was struck in the torso and spent days in a hospital before being released.

Ashton said the grand jury found charges were not appropriate in the shooting.

"After careful deliberation, they have refused to indict and returned a No True Bill," said Sheriff Jerry Demings in a release. "They determined that deputy Robert McCarthy was within the law when he took reasonable steps to defend himself and minimize the threat created by the actions of Mr. Cedric Bartee."

Investigators said Bartee was behind the wheel of a stolen car and would not keep his hands up after being confronted in the parking lot of an apartment complex.