Deputy-Involved Shooting Update: Man Charged with Battery and Resisting Arrest

UPDATE (11:30am 5-16):

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Okaloosa Island man with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

The suspect, 34-year old Eric Jacob Moore was released Thursday morning from a Pensacola hospital and booked into the Escambia County jail. He is now awaiting transport back to Okaloosa County following the deputy involved shooting that took place around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Mary Esther Cut-off and Anchors Street.

The incident began when Deputy Elisa Tino attempted to pull over a reckless vehicle that had been the subject of numerous calls to dispatch.

The driver, later identified as Moore, stopped at a car dealership and gave Deputy Tino his driver’s license. As she went back to her car to conduct a check of the driver, Moore got out and ran. Deputy Tino chased him and says the 6’2”, 220 pound Moore confronted her in an aggressive manner. She fired her weapon, hitting him in the upper body. Moore again took off running. Another deputy deployed his taser to stop and subdue Moore.

Moore made a comment that he was under the influence of numerous narcotics.

As with established protocols, Deputy Tino is on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducts an investigation of the officer involved shooting.

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The driver involved had been the subject of a citizen’s 9-1-1 call in reference to erratic driving.

A spokesperson says shots were fired and the deputy was not injured. Apparently the deputy fired at the suspect, who’s not been identified publicly yet.

The man was taken to a Pensacola hospital and is expected to
recover.

As part of an established protocol, the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement is processing the scene and interviewing
witnesses.

Additional details are expected to be released Thursday.

The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Mary Esther Cut-off and Anchors Street.


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