LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. - The Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy who killed an unarmed Loxahatchee Groves man shot the man four times according to newly released medical records.
Seth Adams, 24, was shot and killed by Sgt. Michael Custer after investigators said a confrontation between the two became physical and put the life of Custer at risk.
The family attorney for Adams, Robert Saylor, spoke exclusively to WPTV NewsChannel 5 about the report from the hospital he recently obtained. The report indicates Adams was shot three times in the chest and one time in the abdomen.
The report also shows it took nearly an hour for medics to transport Adams from the scene of the shooting in Loxahatchee Groves to St. Mary's Medical Center.
Saylor said Adams was not immediately given medical treatment by deputies after he was shot and was left bleeding on the ground at the family garden shop for 15-to-20 minutes until paramedics arrived.
"That extra 15 to 20 minutes could have made a difference and perhaps had they acted more quickly, Seth would be alive today," said Saylor.
Saylor said when the brother of Adams arrived on scene, PBSO deputies held him back and prevented him from coming to the aid of his brother.
PBSO's Therese Barbera wrote in an email on Friday that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conduct an independent review to address the concerns of the Adams family and community.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has insisted his deputy's life was at risk and it was Adams who was the aggressor.
PBSO will eventually hand of the investigation to the state attorney's office who will determine if the shooting was justified.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Paul Zacks said his office has been heavily involved in the shooting since it happened and will act as a independent set of eyes.
"I believe this one is proceeding, proceeding quickly. I don't think anyone is trying to hide anything. We're trying to get it done as quickly as possible, but some things just take a little time," said Zacks.
Zacks said the state attorney's office is reviewing the case as it normally would and could decide if charges will be filed, if the shooting was justified or if it needs to head to a grand jury.
The investigation could take months to be completed.
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