LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. - Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw spoke briefly to NewsChannel 5 Friday morning on the shooting death of a 24-year-old Loxahatchee Groves man by a PBSO deputy.
Seth Adams was shot by an on-duty deputy late Wednesday night during a reported altercation in which the deputy "feared for life," according to PBSO officials.
Sheriff Bradshaw said the incident is being investigated thoroughly.
"It's a very fluid investigation that I hope will shed more information on the circumstances of what happened that night," Bradshaw said. "As soon as I have verifiable information about what exactly happened I will talk with local news media."
Family and friends of Seth Adams are reeling, and wondering what happened between Adams and the deputy on Adams' own property late Wednesday night.
Friends and family say Adams spent some of his last hours of life at Boonie's Sports Bar in Loxahatchee. Adams' friend Lynsey Baggs said he was sharing a few drinks and playing Texas Hold 'Em with his buddies, as he usually did several nights each week. Baggs said when Adams left, he seemed fine.
"He would have been here playing poker, doing his normal thing," she said.
Friends say Adams went back to his property in Loxahatchee Groves near Okeechobee Boulevard and A Road.
That property is where PBSO officials say some kind of altercation occurred between Adams and a deputy. The still unidentified deputy said he felt his life was in threatened and had no choice but to open fire, according to a PBSO spokesperson.
Friends say Adams was unarmed.
"Before I jump to conclusions, I just want to know what really happened," said Scott Bottoms who lives nearby and heard gunfire and police activity Wednesday night.
Family friends Nancy and Jeff Johnson stopped by Adams' property to say their goodbyes with flowers and notes.
"This could have been prevented," said Mrs. Johnson. "Whatever happened just didn't justify it," she said.
"He kind of went out of his way to talk to me and he just seemed like a great guy, very passive person, a kindred spirit," said Mr. Johnson, who is a frequent customer at A One Stop Garden Shop.
At Boonie's Sports Bar, Adams' poker friends played again Thursday night, knowing someone was missing but not knowing why.
"Shouldn't have happened," said Baggs. "He should be here."
The unidentified deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.