Deputy shooting of 21-year-old ruled justifiable
Man killed after deputies responded to burglary call
YULEE, Fla. – The fatal deputy-involved shooting of a Nassau County man in February has been ruled justifiable by the State Attorney's Office.
Deputy Wilfred Quick shot and killed 21-year-old Anthony Bartley after deputies were called to a possible burglar in the North Hampton subdivision in Yulee about 11 a.m. Feb. 10.
"He grabbed my body and lunged me through the uhh glass window. I have scars on my arms because he pushed me into the window and broke it completely. First he lunged into it and then he pushed me into it so it would break open," said a caller.
"And what's his name?" asked the dispatcher.
"I'm sorry," said the caller.
"What is his name?" the dispatcher asked again.
"His name is Anthony, I don't know his last name," said the caller.
Neighbors who called 911 said a man was acting crazy, jumping on a moving car and trying to break into a house. They said he was walking down the street covered with blood when Quick confronted him.
"He's wearing no shirt, covered in blood and a pair of beige shorts… long pants. It's a black male. Dispatcher: Okay. Caller: He's bleeding from the head. Blood all over his body," said a person who called 911.
Bartley punched Quick, and Quick stunned him with a Taser, which had no effect, according to the report from the State Attorney's Office. Quick stunned Bartley a second time, again failing to subdue him.
Barley knocked the Taser from Quick's hand and kept punching him, and that's when Quick shot Bartley four to five times, according to the report. The medical examiner couldn't tell if one of the wounds was entry or exit.
Bartley's family told News4Jax in February he was unarmed and unable to defend himself when he encountered deputies. They said his intentions were misunderstood, and that he was just visiting friends in the neighborhood.
The Nassau County Sheriff's Office said the determination of justifiable force was the result of an intensive independent investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and an independent review of that investigation by the State Attorney's Office.
"It is the sincerest hope of all law enforcement officers to avoid situations that result in the tragic loss of life," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. "Regrettably, encounters like the one on February 10, 2014, are stark reminders of the dangers faced by police officers on a daily basis as they respond to calls for help, never knowing what they may face. All deputies and employees of the Nassau County Sheriff's Office remain dedicated to safeguarding our communities and protecting our citizens."
Bartley had a previous conviction for selling cocaine.
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