James Steven Fay ID'd as suspect in Palm Beach County deputy-involved shooting in Boynton Beach
Marissa Bagg , WPTV Web Team
10:54 PM, Nov 18, 2013
12:30 PM, Nov 20, 2013
SUBURBAN BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly deputy-involved shooting.
It happened Monday night in the Lakes at Westchester community, located within The Estates of Westchester Country Club in suburban Boynton Beach.
Around 8:30 p.m., Jenny Riskas called 911 because she said she was in fear for her life.
She says her husband John brought friend and co-worker James Steven Fay to their home in the 6800 block of Camille Street.
She says Fay was drinking and upset and took out a gun and pointed it at her and her husband.
"My fear, I was worried that he would kill my husband and himself. That's going to haunt me for the rest of my life, even though it's not my fault, I only called 911 to protect us and himself. I didn't want them (deputies) to shoot him and kill him," she said.
When deputies arrived, they say Jenny left the house first followed by her husband.
Investigators say they asked Fay, 55, to leave the home, but he didn't cooperate right away.
When he did finally come outside, deputies say Fay would not drop his gun and instead pointed it towards them.
Two deputies, identified Wednesday as Deputy Sgt. Heather Kneisley and Sgt. Neil Honkala, opened fire.
Fay, of Boynton Beach, was shot at least three times according to investigators. Detectives say he died after being transported to Delray Medical Center.
At John's construction company, where he worked with Fay, John didn't want to say much out of respect for Fay's family.
"I have no other comment but to say he was a good man, probably one of the best men I ever knew," Riskas said.
He did say this was an unfortunate accident.
Although distressed, his wife agreed. "I know him as a good man, a very nice man. He helped my husband and they became friends, that's why I feel bad right now. Either way I could never win in this case."
Kneisley and Honkala are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard department policy.