Questions remain concerning fatal officer-involved shooting in PBC

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. - Many questions remain unanswered concerning an officer-involved shooting that left a Loxahatchee Groves man dead.

Family and friends of Seth Adams, 24, are reeling and also wondering about what happened between Adams and a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office 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. Friend Lynsey Baggs says Adams was sharing a few drinks and playing Texas Hold 'Em with his buddies, as he usually did several nights each week. Baggs says 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, where he lived and worked with his family for the past year at A One Stop Garden Shop.

That property is where the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says 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."

NewsChannel 5 has tried repeatedly to obtain more information about the events leading up to Wednesday night's officer-involved shooting. PBSO has declined requests for interviews and a spokesperson said that more information will not likely be provided because this is an ongoing investigation.

The unidentified officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

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