Justin Caldwell cause of death – Justin Caldwell dead : obituary – tributes
- Date of death: October 3, 2020
- Age: 21-year-old
- Cause of death: shot dead
How did Justin Caldwell die?
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said the SWAT team had to shoot a man after investigators say he refused to comply with orders to drop it and aimed it at deputies.
The man, identified as 47-year-old Justin Caldwell, died at the hospital.
The sheriff’s office said it expects multiple deputies to be on administrative leave which is standard protocol when deadly force is used.
According to the sheriff’s office, it responded to an “armed and dangerous” call just after 7 a.m. at a home along Racket Club Drive in the gated West Village and Crane Creek neighborhood of Palm City. Investigators believe the call is likely related to a recent separation or divorce.
Investigators said the caller, a woman, and two daughters, aged 13 and 11, managed to get out of the home. Crisis negotiators unsuccessfully tried to get the man to come out unarmed.
The sheriff’s office said Caldwell came into the driveway of the home and approached officers with a rifle-type weapon in his hand. He refused to drop it and pointed it at deputies.
Chief Deputy Robert Seaman, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said SWAT team members had to defend themselves and opened fire.
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