*Please notice that each one info contained inside this briefing is preliminary based mostly upon the info as we all know them. All info inside this launch is topic to vary as further info is realized*
On Monday, June twelfth, at roughly 6:12 p.m., the Alachua County Sheriff’s Workplace Mixed Communications Heart acquired a name from a feminine complainant who was involved in regards to the psychological well-being of her husband. The caller offered the deal with of 17607 NW County Street 231, which is inside the unincorporated space of Gainesville, Florida.
Previous to the preliminary response of Alachua County Deputies, it was realized that the male topic, later recognized as 55-year-old Wendell H. Chastain, despatched messages to a number of relations stating that he needed to finish his life. Deputies additionally realized that Chastain was involved with a latest warrant that was issued for his arrest on the cost of violation of probation.
Throughout this incident, Deputies positioned Chastain sitting inside his truck inside a closely wooded space. Chastain was alone inside the automobile and made a number of statements to the Deputies that he had a shotgun and that he was going to seize it. Based mostly upon the knowledge offered to Deputies, the Negotiations Response Staff was requested in an effort to deescalate the state of affairs and supply a optimistic decision. In the course of the course of creating verbal dialogue with Chastain, Deputies noticed a number of indicators of impairment, which involved them with Chastain’s operation of a motorcar. Previous to the arrival of disaster negotiators, Chastain mobilized his automobile and commenced leaving the scene. Deputies tried to conduct a visitors cease on Chastain, however he did not cease his automobile and continued his course of journey, the place he finally stopped at his residence. Chastain exited his truck brandishing a shotgun and pointing it within the course of Deputies on scene. Deputies on scene pleaded with Chastain to drop the firearm, giving him quite a few verbal instructions and instructions, however he did not adjust to their requests. 4 Deputies on scene discharged their company issued firearms, which incapacitated Chastain and ceased the specter of violence. Deputies instantly tried to render medical assist to Chastain, whereas requesting the help of emergency medical providers through radio. Chastain was finally pronounced deceased on scene.
As is commonplace in all deputy concerned taking pictures incidents, Sheriff Clovis Watson Jr. has requested that the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement examine this incident. The deputies concerned have been positioned on paid administrative depart and have been afforded authorized counsel via the Police Benevolent Affiliation. Because of every deputy being the sufferer of an aggravated assault in opposition to a legislation enforcement officer, authorized counsel for the deputies concerned has invoked the protections afforded underneath Marcy’s Regulation, so we’re unable to supply their identities presently.
Sheriff Watson, in addition to the women and men of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Workplace perceive that any lack of life inside the communities that we serve is tragic. We want to convey our condolences to the household of Mr. Chastain as they grieve his loss.
Sheriff Watson acknowledges the severity of this incident and is grateful that our Deputy Sheriff’s concerned are free from hurt after dealing with the lively menace of imminent violence by the hands of one other.
Supply: Alachua County Sheriff