FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged with manslaughter in the 2013 fatal shooting of a man who was carrying an air rifle.
Broward County state attorney's office spokesman Ron Ishoy said Friday that a grand jury has indicted Deputy Peter Peraza in the shooting of Jermaine McBean.
Peraza turned himself in Friday morning.
McBean was shot July 31, 2013, by Peraza outside his apartment complex while carrying the unloaded Winchester air rifle.
A federal lawsuit filed against Broward County, Sheriff Scott Israel and Peraza claims McBean could not hear deputies' commands to drop the gun because he was listening to music with earbuds. Peraza was a 12-year veteran at the time of the shooting.
Israel said he has suspended Peraza without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
"Now, the case will go forward in the courts, and a jury will weigh all the evidence and render a verdict," Israel said in a statement. "For everyone in this case -- the McBean family, the Peraza family, the BSO family, everyone in our community -- we want truth and justice to prevail."
Ishoy said the grand jury heard testimony over the course of three days.
The manslaughter charge is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.