NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) – A police chief in Florida is promising a transparent investigation into the shooting of a black caretaker who had been trying to coax his autistic patient into complying with officers.
North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene said during a news conference Thursday that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is taking over the investigation at his request. The state attorney’s office also is investigating.
Eugene says bringing in an outside agency shows the department’s commitment to objectivity in a sensitive matter. After the state’s investigation is done, the department will do its internal investigation.
The police chief says officers had responded to a 911 call of a man with a gun threatening to commit suicide, and officers responded with that in mind. However, no gun was recovered.