Growing frustration prompts petition in deputy-involved shooting of unarmed Loxahatchee Groves man

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. - The investigation into the fatal shooting involving a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy and an unarmed Loxahatchee Groves man continues.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw came out on Friday and publicly defended the actions of his deputy. But on Saturday, some community members stood up for the man who was shot in response to the claims made by sheriff Bradshaw.

An online petition on was created by a resident in the hopes that the investigation into the death of Seth Adams is fair. So far, the petition has a few signatures and calls for more information surrounding the fatal shooting to be released.

Sheriff Bradshaw has already come out and said Adams was the aggressor and it was his deputy, Michael Custer who faced danger.

Investigators said Adams allegedly started the confrontation with Custer by first verbally abusing Custer which allegedly escalated into Adams lunging for the neck of the deputy.

The portrayal of the shooting by PBSO continues to trouble the Adams family lawyer who said he does not buy the account of events told by the sheriff.

"The sheriff's comments reflected and attitude of callousness and a low regard for human life. I believe that same attitude permeates his department and his deputies and I believe it's that same attitude that Custer reflected that night towards Seth," said Robert Saylor, the hired attorney for the Adams family.

Sheriff Bradshaw insists Custer announced multiple times who he was and that Adams was under arrest.

The state attorney will now determine if the shooting was justified.

A family pastor for the Adams family said a prayer vigil will be held at the A One Stop Garden Shop in Loxahatchee Groves at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in memory of Seth Adams.

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