State Attorney Says Shooting of Bank Robbery Suspect Justified, Police Dashcam Video Released
BROOKSVILLE – The State Attorney Office has cleared six Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies of any wrongdoing, in the 2017 shooting death of bank robbery suspect Scott Chamberlain.
According to a summary report provided by State Attorney Brad King, on September 22, 2017, Scott Michael Chamberlain, 44, robbed the Capital City Bank on Cortez Blvd and led law enforcement on a slow-speed pursuit through Brookville.
During the pursuit, Sheriff’s Deputies could see Chamberlain threatening his female hostage with a large fixed blade knife. Chamberlain announced that he would kill the hostage if authorities did not comply with his demands. After ramming at least two law enforcement vehicles, stop strips were deployed to disable his pickup truck. Once the vehicle came to a stop on Broad Street, numerous law enforcement officers converged on the truck and removed the hostage. Officials say Chamberlain exited the truck and walked around the front of the vehicle, holding the knife in a threatening manner. In an effort to use non-lethal force, Deputy Willard Stephens discharged bean bag rounds at Chamberlain, but they had no effect. Chamberlain continued walking towards an unmarked patrol SUV that was still running. Despite being ordered numerous times to get on the ground, Chamberlain entered the passenger side of the vehicle and attempted to get into the driver’s seat. That’s when Lt. Phil Lakin, Sgt. Scott Lamia, Det. Richard Purchase, Det. Kim Burger, Deputy Roy McLaughlin, and Deputy Richard Killingsworth opened fire, killing Chamberlain.
Because there were weapons and a police radio in the vehicle, and because the officers were in fear for themselves and the community, the State Attorney’s Office recommended that no action be taken against the officers for using deadly force.
Brooksville Police provided dashcam video footage of the pursuit and subsequent shooting.
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