ST JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Today, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office released new information on a confrontation involving a deputy and a St. Augustine police officer who shot and killed a man on Masters Drive.
On Tuesday night, the sheriff’s office reported it was called to Park Place Condominiums because someone said Dustin Acosta was drunk and tried to drive a car.
Action News Jax’s Courtney Cole spoke to a neighbor in St. Augustine who said she watched and heard the incident unfold from her bathroom window.
“There was like a lot of yelling around 9 p.m., and then it just kind of escalated,” said Laura Baldwin, a next-door neighbor.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office reported St. Augustine police Officer Kevin Carroll responded to a “disturbance call” shortly after 9 p.m.
A St. Johns County’s deputy, Kristapher James, was in the area and also responded as backup.
Baldwin told Action News Jax she saw a lot of police officers.
“There were a ton of them. Guns were drawn,” she said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the incident got physical between Acosta and the other people inside the home before police arrived.
When Carroll and James announced they were there and entered the doorway, they said Acosta was already holding the gun and “acting in a despondent manner.”
They tried to get Acosta to put it down, but he pointed the gun in their direction, leading both to shoot Acosta.
Baldwin said she heard the shots.
“We thought we heard maybe eight,” she said.
Acosta was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I just hope the family can find some solace and peace and just move on from this in a healthy way,” Baldwin said.
The officer and deputy were not hurt.
Tonight, they are both on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.
Action News Jax has requested their personnel files.
We also looked into Acosta’s criminal history and found at least 14 local arrests.
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