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Sheriff Judd: Man who Killed 19-year-old Was Not Standing his Ground

He was on drugs and acting bizarrely, but an unarmed 19-year-old man who was killed early Sunday morning while trespassing in a Davenport apartment complex was not a serious threat to anyone when he was shot.

What You Need To Know

  • 19-year-old from Orlando area shot and killed in Polk County
  • Sheriff says 25-year-old suspect claimed he was standing his ground.
  • Charges will be filed.

“He’s 5-foot-5. He’s an itty-bitty dude. It’s not like he has his hands in his pants saying ‘I’ve got a gun. I’m gonna shoot,’” Judd said about the victim, who was wearing just shorts and socks.

According to Judd, the 19-year-old had an altercation with a man walking his dog, and that man shoved him to the ground.

Then, he approached a second man, raised his hand in the shape of a gun and said “pow, pow, pow.”

The sheriff said that second man followed him up to the third floor with a real gun.

“He engages the guy when they both go down the stairwell to the second floor. But, had he just gone back into his residence, there would not have been a problem,” explained Judd, who said deputies were already on their way when the shots were fired

Judd said the man claims he feared for his life and had the right to shoot under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, but “I see no reason he shot that 19-year-old kid.”

“No one was in imminent danger.”

As for the law, Judd said the shooter clearly didn’t understand it.

“If you’ve got a right to be where you are and someone uses force or puts you in fear…then you’re good to go. But he actually pursued a guy up a flight of stairs. So he wasn’t standing his ground.”

Judd said the shooter, 25-year-old Bryan Medeiros has a history of altercations involving firearms but no criminal record.

He will be charged with either manslaughter or second-degree murder, according to the sheriff.

The victim is from the Orlando area.

Bryan Madeiros, 25 (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

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