• Clay County families calling for body cameras following deadly deputy-involved shooting

    By: Beth Rousseau , Action News Jax

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    The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday there’s no dash or body camera footage of the deputy-involved shooting that claimed the life of Dylan Cross.

    A representative with the office said their deputies aren’t outfitted with the equipment.

    According to investigators K-9 deputy Andy McCrea shot and killed Cross during a traffic stop when Cross pulled out a handgun.

    Neighbor Daniel Murtagh, who heard Sunday’s shooting, told Action News Jax, “I think body cameras should be on every officer and should be in every squad car.”

    Viewers commented on the Action News Jax Facebook page, asking why the cameras aren’t used in Clay County.

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    The Sheriff’s Office declined our request for an interview on the topic.

    One representative said they’re not currently looking into purchasing either body of dash cameras.

    In December, Action News Jax showed you when the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office rolled out the first phase of its body camera program.

    The agency implemented the program after calls for more transparency, following officer-involved shootings.

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    In Clay County, Barbara Grote said deputies should follow suit.

    “It would have showed it, showed what happened," she said. "They would have heard. They could have heard what happened.”

    The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said they don’t use dash or body cameras and they are not exploring purchasing them.

    We have reached out to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and are waiting for a response. 

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