Seth Adams shooting: Palm Beach County State Attorney agrees shooting justified

Case closed

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.-- The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office has closed the investigation into the deputy who shot  a man in Loxahatchee Groves in May.

Seth Adams died after Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy sergeant Michael Custer fired four shots at him on May 17th.

After investigating the case Paul Zacks, the Chief Assistant State Attorney, concluded that Sgt. Custer was "reasonably justified in discharging his firearm." 

Read the full memo by clicking here.

He called it a tragic death but recommend that the file be closed without further review.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Peter Antonacci has agreed with the recommendation and the case file has been closed.

Read the e-mail sent to PBSO closing the investigation by clicking here.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has also defended deputy Custer. The sheriff has said strong physical and forensic evidence supports the fact that Adams was threatening Custer and that Custer felt his life was in jeopardy. The sheriff says Adams lunged at Custer who ended up firing four shots

The family's attorney says there are many more questions that need to be answered about the night Seth Adams died.

"Why was deadly force used on an unarmed man? There was no gun, there was no weapon, there was no flashlight, there was no flashing object, there was nothing even in the report that says 'this man has a weapon.' He was shot open armed," said attorney Brian LaBovick at a news conference Tuesday.

LaBovick said the family plans to file a civil lawsuit against the sheriff's office and Sgt. Custer.

Click here to read about the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.

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