Court: Florida man stood his ground in deputy shooting
VIERA, Fla. – Citing the Stand Your Ground law, the Fifth District Court of Appeals dismissed the longstanding charges against a Port St. John man accused of shooting a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy during a botched arrest in front of his home in 2015. The decision, issued Wednesday, ends the prosecution of John DeRossett, 60, on the attempted premeditated first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer while discharging a firearm, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. DeRossett spent nearly five years at the Brevard County Jail Complex in Sharpes as he awaited a trial. Florida Today reached out to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey for comment, but no statements have been released. Prosecutors and Brevard County sheriff’s investigators said DeRossett opened fire at deputies who were arresting his niece on a prostitution charge.