A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy responding to a domestic-violence call Aug. 3 in Seville shot and killed a suspect who grabbed the deputy’s Taser during a struggle and ignored repeated warnings to surrender, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The 29-year-old Seville man was pronounced dead on the scene at 1600 North U.S. Highway 17 after the shooting occurred around 7:39 p.m., Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said.
The deputy involved in the incident, Brandon Watson, was not injured. Watson has been with the Sheriff’s Office since May 2015.
Gant said Watson was responding to a report of an ongoing domestic disturbance between the suspect, 29-year-old Emmanuel Alquisiras, and his girlfriend.
“On arrival, the deputy spent several minutes speaking with the suspect and a friend on an outdoor stairway. Both were uncooperative,” Gant said. “Eventually, when the suspect’s girlfriend came out and spoke to the deputy, the suspect grabbed her and engaged in a struggle with her at the top of the stairs.”
Watson attempted to intervene, deploying his Taser on Alquisiras, and telling the suspect to surrender and put his arms behind his back. Gant said Alquisiras refused, and continued to struggle with Watson for several minutes.
“During the struggle, the suspect grabbed the deputy’s Taser, and the Taser was discharged,” Gant said. “The deputy fired multiple shots at the suspect, resulting in the suspect’s death.”
As is standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an investigation, and the deputy was placed on administrative leave, which is also standard.
The Sheriff’s Office has released body-camera footage of the incident, posting the 12-minute video on the agency’s official Facebook page.
On Aug. 4, Sheriff Mike Chitwood shared his thoughts on the incident in a Facebook post on his own page.
“After watching the body camera video, it’s clear to me that this deputy was placed in a terrible situation and did everything he could to try and convince this man to stop fighting. I stand behind the deputy 100%,” he wrote. “We will release the video. I’m sorry for the pain the family is feeling but I’m also thanking God that our deputy is OK.”
Chitwood went on to “several different potentially tragic outcomes,” and noted that the deputy’s intervention spared the female victim from further domestic violence.
He urged the community to pray for all involved.