Daniel Mercier identified as Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy in deadly shooting

PBSO says man shot had charged at deputy

SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy involved in a deadly shooting on March 22nd as Daniel Mercier.

He's been employed by the sheriff's office since 2006.

Mercier responded around 9:45 p.m. to a domestic call in the 4000 block of Gun Club Road. The sheriff's office says Daniel Lee Rhodes was holding a knife to his wife.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Rhodes's wife and their daughter were heard screaming on the phone during a 911 call.

Sheriff Bradshaw said Rhodes threatened to "kill his wife" if the police were called.

When the deputy arrived, investigators say Rhodes was holding a machete type knife and "charged at the deputy," which is what investigators say led to the shooting.

Rhodes died at the scene.

Sheriff Bradshaw said Rhodes had an extensive criminal record, including an arrest for aggravated assault.

Deputy Mercier is on paid administrative leave, which is standard.


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