Man killed in deputy-involved shooting; no deputies hurt, Orange County sheriff says

Shooting occurred on Santa Barbara Road, deputies say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A deputy-involved shooting on a residential street in Pine Hills on Sunday ended in the death of a man who shot his father, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

At a news conference, Sheriff John Mina said that four deputies responded to a domestic violence call on Santa Barbara Road around 12 p.m. and observed a man “shoot his father and then pistol whip him” before he opened fire on law enforcement.

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“Our deputies returned fire, striking the suspect,” Mina said. “The suspect is now deceased. It looks like the father is going to make it through his injuries.”

Kadeem Errol Livingston Smith III, 28, was the man killed in the shooting, deputies said on Tuesday.

No deputies were injured in the shooting, Mina said.

Deputies were called to the scene by the man’s mother in reference to “just some type of family dispute,” Mina said.

According to the sheriff, domestic violence calls are one of the most dangerous calls law enforcement can respond to “because emotions are already high” at such scenes.

Since 2019, deputies had responded to that house 14 times, including for domestic violence and verbal argument calls.

“People are a lot more willing to use violence against law enforcement, it’s something we are trained for and, you know, if you shoot at a deputy, if you point a gun at a deputy, we’re gonna return fire,” Mina said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the fatal shooting and the deputies are not being named at this time.

The sheriff’s office released the body worn camera footage from the two deputies on Monday. The deputies can be heard shouting at the suspect to “drop the gun” repeatedly as he continues to exchange gunfire with them, aiming at the deputies.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 6 for the latest updates.


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