Police Climb through Family's Bedroom Window Illegally, Shoot Dogs | Escambia County, Florida
Two deputies are on administrative duty
and many questions are still
unanswered three days after Escambia County sheriff’s deputies
reportedly entered a Warrington couple’s home without a search warrant
and shot the couple’s two dogs, mortally wounding one.
deputies went into the home of Travis Nicholas, 22, and Cristina Moses,
32, on Flynn Drive Sunday night in search of a suspect in an armed
disturbance that occurred earlier on the same street.
Both Nicholas and Moses were cuffed in the incident but later released. Neither had been charged as of this afternoon.
“I don’t know why it happened,” an emotional Moses said Tuesday. “I feel like my child has died.”
the Sheriff’s Office refused to provide additional details on what led
deputies to enter the couple’s home through the window, cuff them, and
shoot their two dogs, except to say that an investigation into the
incident is pending.
“There is both a criminal and an
administrative investigation ongoing,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sena
Maddison wrote in an e-mail today. “More details will be available
pending the conclusion of both the criminal and administrative
investigation. But not before that time.”
report states that there is no video evidence of the incident, but the
Sheriff’s Office has declined to provide a reason.
spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday
that the agency is not investigating the case at this point.
Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office issued a release that deputies were in
the area around 8:30 p.m. responding to an armed disturbance. A
sheriff’s office report said Wayde Morris, 22, got into an argument with
his ex-girlfriend and her father, who live at another address on the
street. Morris reportedly approached them with a bat and machete. 911
dispatch records show several calls made by neighbors around that time
reporting a disturbance on the street and a man with a bat.
was arrested by deputies on a charge of aggravated assault. However,
according to the sheriff’s report, several witnesses reported that an
additional suspect in a gray tank top pointed a gun at the victims and
threatened them. One witness reported the man’s name as Travis.
In a 911 dispatch record from the same night and address, a man is
heard telling the dispatcher: “This little punk down the road has got a
gun pointed at me, my daughter and my roommate.”
Nicholas denies making threats or owning a gun.
checked the perimeter of the couple’s home and climbed through the
window after finding an upside-down bucket with a footprint on it
beneath the window, according the report. The deputies made several
unsuccessful attempts to get someone in the home to open the door,
according to the report.
But the couple, who said they were
sleeping in their bedroom with a closed door at the time, did not hear
anything until their dogs began barking at the sound of the deputies.
opened the door and there were six police officers pointing guns at me
and flashlights, saying ‘Show me your hands. Get on the ground,’ ” Moses
The couple said six deputies entered their
home, but it was only one officer whom they identified as Deputy Mikel
Anthony Lee, who fired shots at their dogs.
Lee is listed
on the sheriff’s report as a reporting officer; however, Maddison
declined to confirm if he was the deputy who fired the shots or give any
further details about the deputy.
“More details will be available pending the conclusion of the internal investigation,” she replied in an email.http://www.pnj.com/article/20130807/NEWS08/130807015/Dogs-shot-by-deputies-Investigation-ongoing-no-details-released