Andrew Scott was shot and killed by police Sunday when officers mistakenly thought that the innocent man’s home was that of a murder suspect.
Officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office thought they were confronting Jonathan Brown, a man accused of murder, WESH in Orlando reported. Brown had been spotted at the Blueberry Hills Apartment complex and his motorcycle was parked across from Andrew Scott’s home.
It was in the 1:30 a.m. when deputies knocked on the 26-year-old Scott’s door, not identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. Scott answered the door holding a gun, and deputies opened fire.
“When we knocked on the door, the door opened and the occupant of that apartment was pointing a gun at deputies and that’s when we opened fire and killed him,” Lt. John Herrell told WESH.
Even though Scott was well within his rights to answer the door with his handgun and within reason to be wary of people at his door in the middle of the night when an accused murder is on the loose, and even though officers never identified themselves, Herrell still maintained that Andrew Scott was at fault.
“It’s just a bizarre set of circumstances. The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police office, you’re going to get shot,” Herrell said.
Herrell said the deputies chose not to identify themselves because they felt it would be more “tactically advantageous.”
Friends told the Orlando Sentinel that Scott, a pizza deliveryman,was a “happy-go-lucky guy” who was probably nervous when he heard strangers at his door so late at night. They said he was at home with his live-in girlfriend and had plans to watch a movie after working late at Hungry Howie’s Pizza.
Pat Casalaspro, owner of the restaurant where Scott worked, said he probably didn’t know who was outside and answered the door holding a gun.
“I guarantee you he was trying to protect himself,” Casalaspro said, adding that Scott was not confrontational.
Police later arrested Brown near the building where Andrew Scott was shot.