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Florida cops involved in fatal shooting shielded by Marsy’s Law

One West Palm Beach officer fired his weapon at a knife-wielding man after two other officers tried unsuccessfully to subdue him using “less lethal” weapons, police said.
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Published Oct. 22
Updated Oct. 22

WEST PALM BEACH — The names of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man won’t be released because they’ve invoked their right to remain anonymous under a 2018 amendment to Florida’s Constitution.

The West Palm Beach officers were trying to take Allan Lorenzo Robb, 33, into custody early Sunday when he showed the knife. One of the officers fatally shot Robb after “less lethal” weapons used by two other officers were ineffective, officials said.

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The police department cited Marsy’s Law as the reason to keep the officers’ names private.

Marsy’s Law, which was approved by voters, allows crime victims or their families to request their names be withheld from public documents. A state appeals court ruled in April that the amendment could be used to shield the identities of law enforcement officers involved in use of force incidents.

Since the ruling, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Boynton Beach Police Department and the Boca Raton Police Department have cited the amendment in such cases.

The same is true with law enforcement agencies in the Tampa Bay area. In a Tampa case from November, two police officers shot a 26-year-old man during an armed robbery call at a Dollar General store. The officers’ actions were found to be justified but the State Attorney’s Office and Tampa Police Department withheld their names, citing Marsy’s Law.

The three West Palm Beach officers have been placed on administrative leave, while the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the shooting.