The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the name of the deputy involved in the fatal shooting that occurred Oct. 27 in Indiantown was Deputy John Welliever.
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.
There is no video of the shooting because sheriff's deputies do not have body cameras and only traffic unit patrol cars have dash cams. The sheriff is asking anyone who may have seen something or even recorded the shooting, come forward.
He will be meeting with family and other community members at a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at Bible Teachers International Church in Indiantown.
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