Anesson Joseph case update: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy cleared in shooting

Report: Deputy had no choice but to shoot

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Palm Beach County State Attorney has cleared the deputy who shot and killed naked attacker Anesson Joseph in western Delray Beach in February.

The report says the investigation is now closed and that no charges will be filed. It says that the deputy had no choice but to shoot Joseph when he lunged toward him.

The confrontation with three deputies outside the gate of The Colony on February 4th happened after investigators say Joseph had already attacked an elderly man and two teenagers.

 On video captured by a deputy’s Taser, Joseph can be seen naked, sweaty, extremely muscular, bent forward in an aggressive stance, with a crazed look on his face and eyes, according to the report.

According to the report, the deputies told Joseph they were there to help him and ordered him to the ground.

Joseph pointed to the deputy holding a Taser and said, “I want you,” the report states.  He then lunged at Sgt. Raasch who fired two shots in defense, the report said.   It also noted that of the three deputies Joseph chose to attack the deputy with a weapon in his hand.

The report says Joseph's violent break with reality is unknown and it acknowledges that there were no drugs in his system and that he had no criminal record.

According to the autopsy report, Joseph was shot in the chest and leg by the deputy.

Joseph's friends continue to say none of this makes sense because he was a hard-working student and they don't understand what caused the outburst.

 

 


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