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A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy who shot and killed a man wielding a machete earlier this month was fired and reinstated just weeks before pulling the trigger for the first time in his career.

Deputy John Ross was fired from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in May of this year after he was arrested for domestic battery. The decision was appealed by the police union and Ross returned to work in August, just weeks before he shot and killed a man who deputies say stabbed two people and charged at the deputy.

The Sheriff's Office says Deputy John Ross arrived at a home on Mercury Street in West Palm Beach on October 7th and found Mauro Londono dead and his wife Claudia Morales stabbed several times. 

Deputies say 46-year-old Amado Lago was pacing in the driveway with a machete. Investigators says Amago ignored police orders to drop the weapon, raised the machete and charged forcing Deputy Ross to shoot and kill him.

As we searched Ross' personnel file and internal affairs reports from his 14 years with PBSO we found at least a dozen use of force reports all of which were deemed justified in the course of an arrest.

We also found dozens of citizens and administrative complaints. At least eight of which were substantiated leading to multiple suspensions.

In September of 2014, according to an Internal Affairs document, "it is alleged that Deputy Sheriff Ross committed domestic battery against his current fiance and mother of his children."

On May 21st of this year a one line email found in his personnel file reads "Deputy John Ross was terminated reference IA case 14-038." 

The Palm Beach County police union says Deputy Ross' fiance ended up dropping the domestic battery charges. Deputy Ross returned to work for the sheriff's office August 14th just 7 weeks before pulling the trigger for the first time in his career. The shooting is still under investigation. 

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