PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A family member has identified a man shot and killed by Escambia County deputies in Pensacola Monday.
A family member tells WKRG News 5 the man was 28-year-old Mickee McArthur.
The ECSO says McArthur was wanted on multiple felony charges when shot and killed after he pointed a gun at Escambia County sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop near Tippin Avenue and Langley Avenue.
McArthur’s older cousin, Oartego McArthur, said he was shocked to hear the events alleged to have happened Monday.
“I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe it. It was like no way. Not Mickee shooting at the cops because we heard witnesses say he shot at the cops,” he said. “We heard witnesses say he pointed the gun (and) he didn’t point the gun. So there was bunch of things racing through my mind.”
The ECSO has placed three deputies on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducts an investigation to determine if the killing of McArthur was justified. This is standard in any officer-involved shooting.
The elder McArthur said Wednesday his cousin was a friendly man who had made mistakes. He said if his cousin did pull a gun, the deputies on scene had a right to defend themselves. He just wishes it had ended differently.
“You just can’t do that. Even if you don’t pull the trigger, you can’t just point a loaded weapon at anyone,” he said. “(For law enforcement), it’s fast and it’s a life and death situation, and you have to think quick. That’s a touch decision sometimes. But, I think there could have been a different way.”
He said McArthur will be missed.
“He was very friendly to everybody. Everyone makes mistakes and even though he did have a criminal past, he wasn’t a violent person,” he said. “He’s not known as that in the family. He’s known as a great guy.”
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