The deputy involved in a deadly shooting in Martin County Friday night has not made a formal statement, but Martin County Sheriff Snyder said that's not unusual when a deputy uses deadly force.
At the advice of his attorney, the deputy, who has not been named, has decided to hold off making any official statements about what happened until he has had time to process the events.
Family, friends, and neighbors of 46-year-old Jerry Richardson want to know what led to him being shot five times and killed by a deputy Friday night and so do investigators.
It's unclear what happened between the deputy and Richardson, who investigators say had a 23-inch machete strapped to his wrist. Just last month, the sheriff said Richardson pushed a deputy into his car and was involved in a physical struggle with deputies. He was baker acted.
The sheriff said until investigators speak with the deputy, they don't know if he knew about Richardson's prior run-ins with other deputies.
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