ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The family of a 22-year-old Orange County man was able to watch the body camera video showing a deputy fatally shooting him in a Florida Mall parking lot more than a week after he was shot.
According to an arrest affidavit, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Agent James Montiel opened fire on Salaythis Melvin, 22, on Aug. 7 outside the Florida Mall.
Sheriff John Mina said Melvin had a stolen Glock handgun. When deputies approached, the 22-year-old ran away and toward Montiel, who got out of his unmarked vehicle and saw Melvin holding a stolen Glock handgun, records show.
Montiel drew his firearm and told Melvin to drop his gun but Melvin instead ran, according to the affidavit. The video released on Tuesday is too far away to show if Melvin has a weapon in his hands.
The sheriff said the incident began shortly after noon when deputies tried to approach a group of four individuals outside Dick’s Sporting Goods because one of the men had an active warrant for his arrest and was also a person of interest in a triple shooting that occurred on Powers Ridge Court in Pine Hills last month.
Carlus Haynes and Bradley Laurent, the attorneys representing Melvin’s mother, have been asking the Sheriff’s Office to release body camera video from the deputy who shot Melvin and those who were in the area.
On Tuesday, after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement cleared the release, the family was able to see the recordings for the first time, about an hour later the Sheriff’s Office released the videos as part of a public records request to News 6 and other news outlets.
After speaking with Melvin’s family and receiving their permission, News 6 WKMG is publishing all the videos in full. The content is graphic and viewer discretion is advised.