by: Deanna Bettineschi Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police say they were forced to shoot and kill David Scott after he came out of an apartment building off of Fort Caroline Road holding what SWAT team members thought was a gun.
“They saw him hold the object like a gun, pointed it like a gun and was shot 21 times, and struck him in the torso and extremities,” said Tom Hackney, director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Officers say the object David Scott was holding was actually a box stuffed in a black sock.
Action News was there moments after the shooting, when we learned the apartment didn’t belong to Scott. Valerie Sutton was renting it.
She said Scott is her god brother and he was staying at her place.
“He had no weapons or anything on him. I got a call JSO was at my door, then got another call that he was dead,” said Sutton.
According to police, Scott was a wanted man. They say just after 11 p.m. Friday, he shot and killed LaRoy Tucker off West 27th Street.
“He and two of his good friends were sitting around playing cards. During the game for no reason, the suspect pulled out a gun and shoots Mr. Tucker in the head,” said Hackney.
Police say the other man was not hurt, and was able to get away and help police identify Scott. Police say the gun used to kill Tucker was not found in Sutton’s apartment.
We looked into Scott’s criminal history -- he has two drug charges, a charge for interstate cooperation and a traffic charge.
JSO has identified the three SWAT team members involved in the shooting as Sgt. Brad Echelberger, a 20-year veteran of JSO; Detective Lee McCranie, a 16-year veteran; and Detective Woodrow Crotty, an eight-year veteran of the force. We’re told Echelberger and Crotty have been involved in a shooting before.