A Florida deputy off duty died Saturday, after cops said he was accidentally shot in the back by his roommate. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that.
Austin Walsh (23), an off-duty deputy was shot to death by Andrew Lawson on Saturday morning, according to reports. Newsweek.
Lawson intervened and said that the two roommates were friends and were taking a break. “jokingly pointed” a handgun at Walsh, believing that the weapon was unloaded, and pulled the trigger, firing one fatal bullet at Deputy Walsh, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
Cops report that Lawson called 911 to express his dismay and said that he had accidentally murdered his roommate.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the news on Facebook, and it was confirmed.
In the video, Ivey said it was “one of the toughest days in my career because this afternoon I have to stand here and talk about the loss of one of my deputies, who I love so much, as the result of the reckless actions of another one of our deputies who I also love,” as he explained what happened between the two off-duty officers.
“Austin and Andrew were the best of friends and Andrew is completely devastated over what happened,”He concluded. “Even with that, there’s no excuse for this tragic avoidable death.”
Inside Edition Digital has reached out to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for comment and has not heard back.
Following an investigation, Lawson was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, according to a court document obtained by Inside Edition Digital.
He has not yet entered a plea and a court record did not list any legal representation for Lawson.
Lawson is currently being held without bond inside the Brevard County jail.
“Andrew is a great kid who sadly make a horrible and irresponsible decision that has forever impacted the lives of so many,”Ivey spoke in his video.