LCSO has released 911 calls from the neighbors who overheard the deputy-involved shooting that left Thomas Kollman dead a few weeks ago. The calls don’t appear to give much information about the incident; just neighbors reporting shots fired. The investigation is still open, which means the paperwork is still sealed. LCSO indicates they will hand over their investigation to the State Attorney’s Office for review when complete. That’s frustrating for the friends and family of Mr. Kollman, several of whom have reached out to Crimcourts, but that is the process in Florida.
I do wish LCSO would allow another agency to handle the investigation. I know that doing the investigation internally is their policy, but it would increase confidence in the results of that investigation to have an outside agency such as FDLE handle the investigation. It would be a good idea for all officer involved shootings to get a look from an outside agency, if only to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Ultimately, the case will be reviewed by the State Attorney, and I applaud that second-level oversight.
Thanks to NBC-2 for tracking down the calls: http://www.abc-7.com/story/20488417/9-1-1-calls-released-as-deputy-shooting-investigation-continues