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Community racial divided over fatal shooting

Reporter: Jana Eschbach

A racial divide so deep an entire community marched demanding justice after a black man was shot by a white officer. That officer was just cleared.

It began with a phone call from his own family.

Dispatcher: "9-1-1, what is your emergency?"

Concerned Byrus Green did not take his medicine and was sitting in his truck in the front yard refusing to get out. When police responded, Green himself called 911.

Green: "Get out my yard. This is my yard... Don't come back. I got a gun, too!"

Dispatcher: "Mr. Green, you have a gun?"

Green: "We'll have a shoot out."

Green threatened a shoot out, demanding a black deputy, not a white deputy come protect him. Green has a history of mental illness burning down his own mother's home just a year before. And, this night, he got angry.

Green: "If you come back... I will have a shoot out with the police. You all better stop. I am sitting in my yard."

Dispatcher: "Do you have the gun out?"

Green: "I don't have it out, but I got it in my possession."

"All of the deputies involved acted according to policy and procedure," assures the attorney for the Indian River County sheriff's office, James Harpring.

Harpring says the three deputies who responded that night were justified in their actions. "No one starts their shift thinking, 'I am looking forward to harming someone or shooting someone.'"

Deputy: "Put your hands up, now!"

Green: "Shoot the God... gun! Shoot the God... gun! Shoot it, I'll get all you .... Shoot the God ... guns!"

Police say that's when Green ran at them with a hunting knife.

Police: "Get your hands up!"

Dispatcher: "I just heard a shot fired."

Byrus Green died from that gunshot wound. His family is pursuing a civil lawsuit against the sheriff's office. Green's family refused to comment on the grand jury ruling that clears the three deputies involved.

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