Orange County deputy 'justified' in fatal shooting of unarmed homeless man

Published On: Feb 14 2013 11:45:01 AM EST

More than a year after an Orange County sheriff's deputy shot and killed an unarmed man along a popular biking trail, officials have determined the shooting was justified.

In January 2012, Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Kyle Morse was patrolling the Cady Way Trail in search of graffiti artists.

Morse told investigators a suspicious-looking homeless man ran into the woods and refused to obey his commands.

According to a newly-released report, Jose Dominguez-Simon advanced toward Morse and grabbed the deputy's wrist.

Morse told state investigators he thought the man was reaching for a weapon so he fired two shots into the man's chest and abdomen.

Dominguez-Simon's blood later tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, according to a report.

Following a year-long investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Orange County Sheriff's Office concluded that Morse had a reasonable belief that his life was in danger.


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