Charges dropped against man deputies sought in attempted murder

Lake County deputies shot, killed wrong man

LEESBURG, Fla. - Local 6 has learned that the charges against the man that Lake County deputies were searching for when they shot and killed the wrong man have been dropped on Wednesday.

Andrew Lee Scott was shot and killed in July after opening his Leesburg apartment door while pointing a gun at deputies, according to authorities. Deputies were originally searching for Jonathon Brown on attempted murder charges.

"I'm not a bad person, I'm definitely not an attempted murderer, I'm not an assaulter, I'm not a batterer," said Brown.

According to Brown's lawyer, the state dismissed the charge on Wednesday, along with the battery charge because of it being a misdemeanor.

"Jonathan was made to be a scapegoat-that's the gist of it-- law enforcement overreacted, and killed an innocent man, they needed to find somebody to blame, other than themselves," said Laura Hargrove, Brown's attorney.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement ruled in September that Deputy Richard Sylvester was justified  in shooting Scott instead of Brown, whose motorcycle was parked outside of Scott's apartment.

FDLE released a statement on Wednesday saying "The dismissal of charges against Jonathon Brown does not impact the situation involving Andrew Scott in any way."

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