Police released video from the body camera of the fatal shooting at a Florida wedding reception in February.
Janisha and Gionni Paul were celebrating their nuptials at a popular venue in Winter Park with their closest friends and family, including the bride’s uncle, Daniel Knight, a dad of four.
A 911 caller reported Knight acting drunk as the reception ended.
“He’s trying to beat people up. He’s yelling. He’s grabbing an older woman and shoving her. It’s getting bad. It’s getting pretty violent,”The caller replied.
A bodycam video of cops pulling up to the scene has been released. Police said they tried to “deescalate”However, claim Knight lunged at the two officers. They claimed that a taser was not effective.
Police say Knight continued assaulting one of the officers, and that’s when they opened fire at him. A seven-shot shot was fired by one officer, and the scene became chaotic.
“The dude hit me, man. He punched me out, man, he punched me out,”Video of the officer speaking.
Knight was declared dead at the hospital.
After the new video was released, lawyers for his grieving family said, “The only thing the video establishes is that Daniel Knight did not deserve to die.”
According to the Winter Park Police Department, there were concerns that the suspect might grab the firearm of the unconscious officer. The investigation continues and the officers involved are now on desk duty.