ORLANDO, Fla. - The family of a 26-year-old man shot and killed by Lake County deputies, who went to his home thinking he was someone else, spoke to the public for the first time on Monday.
The family of Andrew Scott, who authorities said was shot and killed in July after opening his Leesburg apartment door while pointing a gun at deputies, are being represented by Orlando attorney Mark NeJame and spoke outside his downtown office.
Scott's family and friends, along with his employer, described Scott's personality as a "big teddy bear."
"As far as an employee, he was one of a kind, his name is still on the schedule and we're not going to take it off," said Hungry Howies owner Pat Casalaspro, who employed Scott.
Scott's girlfriend, 20-year-old Miranda Mauck, who was at the apartment the night he was killed, said they were watching a movie on the couch when they heard a "frightening and unexpected pounding" on the door.
"The deputies were hiding to the side of the door, there was no peephole in our door, and there was no outside lighting," she said.
Mauck said after another set of loud banging on the door, Drew got his gun from the bedroom and opened the door just a bit, when the gunfire started.
"Drew never aimed his gun or shot at anyone," Mauck said, crying. "He was struck and fell onto our couch."
Scott's mother, Amy Young, also spoke to the public, saying all her son was doing was trying to protect his home and his girlfriend.
"What are they covering up? I want to know- what mother wouldn't?" Young said. "I don't want another mother to lose her precious child, I don't want another mother to have to go through what I am going through."
Scott's family says the deputy broke state and federal laws and is suing the Lake County Sheriff's Office for not knocking and announcing their presence.
Deputies were looking for another man, who they later found next door, when they knocked on Scott's door without identifying themselves.
"When he opened the door, he was pointing the gun at the deputy. This is an unfortunate situation," Lake County sheriff's Lt. John Herrell said after the shooting.
Herrell said there is no agency policy that requires deputies to identify themselves as they approach a home.
"There is no statute or court ruling that requires law enforcement officers to announce and identify themselves when they have no intention of entering a home," Herrell writes in a statement from LCSO after NeJame's news conference. "The deputies involved in this incident had no intentions whatsoever of entering Mr. Scott's apartment as they were only knocking in an effort to locate Jonathan Brown."
The statement also reads that the deputy involved in the shooting is still on leave from "regular-duty status" pending the outcome of the FDLE investigation, in response to NeJame saying the deputy was back to work.
The statement also questions the timing of the news conference being the day before Election Day.
"If this unfortunate situation is being used to benefit a political campaign, then shame on the person responsible," the statement reads.
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