A deputy sheriff shot and killed an 88-year-old Florida man during a welfare check
The incident took place in Riverview, Hillsborough County. A deputy sheriff went to a Florida man’s home to check if he was alive. However, when she got home, the man appeared with a gun. When the man refused to drop his gun and came towards her, she fired and killed the man.
A notice was made to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office by someone who did not want to be identified. The person on the phone said a man had not been seen for two days and his garage was open. The sheriff’s office has assigned a deputy to do the necessary checks.
When the deputy went to Ronald Ehrich’s house, the garage door of the house was open, as stated in the notice, and no one was in sight. The deputy entered the house and repeated that she was law enforcement as she entered. Ehrich, 88, appeared out of nowhere, holding a gun.
The deputy stepped back and asked Ehrich to put down his gun. She tried to tell him over and over that he was safe. Ehrich refused to let go of his gun and aimed it at the deputy and started walking towards her. The deputy thought her life was in danger and used her gun.
The deputy shot at Ehrich. Ehrich passed away. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that Ehrich is a retired police officer from Tampa. It was also learned that Ehrich had hearing problems and therefore had to use a hearing aid.
It is unclear whether charges will be brought against the deputy. The sheriff’s office said it would examine the footage of Ehrich’s home. Ehrich’s neighbor, Angel Ortiz, said she could not believe what had happened to her neighbor. Ortiz stated that if Ehrich had not put on his hearing aid, he might not have heard anything.
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