Man Shot by Dixie County Sheriff's Deputy
A Dixie county family took aim at law enforcement after their loved one was shot by a deputy Wednesday afternoon. Richard Yearwood's family said he suffered from serious mental illness. Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Scott Harden said Yearwood was attempting to hit the deputy with a shovel. According to Harden, that is when a deputy fired. Family members agreed their loved was swinging a shovel toward deputies but argued firing bullets in response wasn't the answer.
"I'm pissed off. I'm mad as hell. The mentally ill are neglected in the state of Florida and then you have Dixie county cops who are so happy to shoot somebody," said sister Jerry Aguilar.
Family members said as of Monday night Yearwood is at Shands hospital in stable condition. The Dixie County Sheriff's Office requested a Florida Department of Law Enforcement external investigation of the shooting. To see more on this report, watch the video to your right.
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