Officers and Deputies involved in shooting death of 16-year-old identified
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Alachua Coutny Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department have released the names of the Deputies and Officers involved in the shooting and killing of 16-year-old Robert Dentmond, Sunday night at the Majestic Oaks Apartment Complex.
Five ACSO Deputies fired their weapons during the incident in South West Gainesville.
The Deputies involved are Sergent Christopher Sims, who has 10.5 years of experience at ACSO; Deputy Robert Campbell, with 6 years experience; Deputy Jason Hulst, with 5 years; Deputy Kyle Reedy, with 3.5 years; and Deputy Christopher Dasher, who has been with ACSO for 2.5 years.
Four Officers with the Gainesville Police Department fired their weapons as well.
The Officers involved are Corporal Robert Kennedy, who has 13.5 year of experience with GPD; Officer Brendon McCarthy, with 5.5 years of experience; Officer Mathew Quinn, with 4 years; and Officer Casey Kumar with 2 years of experience with GPD.
Of the Sheriff's Deputies on scene, 3 were Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certified and one GPD Officer was CIT certified. The Sheriff's Office says CTI certification requires 40-hours of training to identify people suffering from mental illnesses, people in crisis, and de-escalation techniques.
All involved Deputies are assigned to the Patrol Operations or Patrol Support Division.
Gainesville police and Alachua County sheriff's deputies say Robert Dentmond had suicidal thoughts and sent text messages saying he was going to end his life prior to calling 911.
Both ACSO and GPD say they were forced to shoot Robert Dentmond after officials warned him to drop his gun, but he didn't comply.
Officials say they responded to the Majestic Oaks apartment complex late Sunday night after Dentmond called 911 saying he had an M-16 rifle and that he was going to shoot himself. Deputies discovered after the shooting that the weapon was a "realistic replica of a semi-automatic rifle."
The investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The ACSO Office of Professional Standards and GPD's Internal Affairs will also be conducting an administrative investigation pending the conclusion of FDLE's investigation. Those involved in the shooting will also be placed on temporary administrative duties within their departments until the investigations are over.
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