It doesn’t appear that Andrew Lee Scott had heard many knock knock jokes before because he forgot to ask who was there last night. Unfortunately for him, it was deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office looking for someone suspected of attempted murder. Two problems: first, they didn’t identify themselves and second, it was 1:30 am. Both facts go a long way toward explaining why Scott answered the door with a gun in his hand. You probably know where this is going . . .
“When we knocked on the door, the door opened and the occupant of that apartment was pointing a gun at deputies and that’s when we opened fire and killed him,” Lt. John Herrell said.
According to wesh.com, the LEOs were looking for Jonathan Brown who’d been seen in the same apartment complex and whose motorcycle was parked in front of Scott’s unit.
“It’s just a bizarre set of circumstances. The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police office, you’re going to get shot,” Herrell said.
And orlandosentinel.com quotes Herrell as saying that not identifying themselves is SOP.
Deputies, however, did not announce who they were, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. John Herrell, because they thought it would be more “tactically advantageous.” Herrell said it is not standard procedure for deputies to announce their presence, but the officers were in uniform.
The deputies ended up finding Brown in another building nearby. You can bet Scott will look through the peephole or at least ask, “who’s there?” next time he gets a middle-of-the-night knock on his door. Or he would if he were still alive. Now, not so much.