1 killed following shooting at Polk County apartment complex, deputies say

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A 19-year-old man was killed following a shooting in Polk County, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies took into custody Brian Medeiros after an incident that happened at the Landing at Four Corners apartment complex that resulted in the death of Devyne Pritchett, deputies said.

Speaking at a press conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Pritchett “dropped acid,” according to the victim’s friends, at a Best Western nearby and left the hotel at 4 a.m. before ending up at the apartment complex around 6 a.m.

Pritchett, who was unarmed, eventually grabbed the shoulder of Medeiros, a resident at the apartment, who was walking his dog, Judd said.

Medeiros then fled to his third-floor apartment to tell his roommate, Judd said.

Medeiros then grabbed a gun from his car, and after confronting Pritchett on a stairwell, and shot him multiple times, Judd said.

Pritchett then stumbled upon the stairwell died, according to Judd.

Even though it was clear Pritchett was “out of his mind,” Judd said Medeiros was arrested because he used too much force and it wasn’t a “stand your ground” situation because Medeiros didn’t go back to his apartment.

Medeiros has been charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm, deputies said.