INDIAN SHORES — Sheriff's deputies were justified in killing a man who initiated a shoot out with them two weeks ago on Gulf Boulevard, prosecutors said Tuesday.
State Attorney Bernie McCabe, in a letter to Pinellas Sheriff Jim Coats, said the law enforcement officials were doing their legal duty when they tried to stop and detain Kentin Deon Brooks at about 11 p.m. Oct. 29.
The group was identified as Deputy Thomas Randall, Sgt. Leo Yates, Sgt. Raymond Fleming and Deputy Gregory Horton.
Brooks had been driving wildly up and down Gulf Boulevard that night, authorities said, eventually ramming his black Mustang into an Indian Shores police car. When authorities forcefully stopped Brooks, he began shooting at them. Officers and deputies returned fire, hitting Brooks in the head, back, torso, thigh and left arm, the letter said. In the days leading up to his death, Brooks' family said he had been depressed and acting strange.