JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One less officer is out pounding the pavement to fight crime in Jacksonville.
"This officer did not wake up that morning, put his uniform on and say 'you know what, I want to go out and shoot somebody'. He didn't do that," said Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.
According to an Internal Affairs report we obtained, Officer Jeff Edwards did use unnecessary force. Now, Edwards is being forced to hand in his badge and gun after he shot and killed an unarmed man on May 9, 2012.
The report details how the situation unfolded, starting with the moment Davinian Williams ignored Edwards' commands to show his hands during a traffic stop, to the shot Edwards fired that killed him.
"You cannot place yourself in an indefensible situation and then use that as justification to deploy deadly force because you're in an indefensible position," explained Sheriff Rutherford.
Rutherford tells Action News he stripped Edwards of his police powers that day, and now he may never get them back. The former officer will argue his case before the state commission. Members will then vote to suspend or revoke his certification.
"A revocation: he wouldn't be able to be a police officer in the state of Florida," said Sheriff Rutherford.
Rutherford says, says if his certification is revoked, Edwards could still apply for a certification in another state but this termination will of course be on his record. Edwards has a disciplinary hearing on Friday.