75 pieces of crack cocaine, but no weapon, was found in a stolen car where a 17-year old who shot by a St. Johns County Sheriffs Deputy on Thursday morning.
Commander Chuck Mulligan tells WOKV the crack was worth an estimated $5,000, and that Brandon Rich was shot in the leg after ignoring commands and was reaching for the cars' console. "The case has several different value points to it and it’s all heading off in different directions,” Mulligan says.
Rich has multiple felony convictions, and is in jail once again after getting shot in the leg during the confrontation by a St. Johns deputy in the parking lot of the Quality Inn on State Road 16, near I-95. The confrontation began around 6am when the deputy saw a car and thought it was suspicious. After learning the car was reported stolen, he called for back-up.
According to St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar, once back-up arrived, the two deputies approached the stolen vehicle in the hotel parking lot when they came into a confrontation with the 17 year-old black male and 31 year-old black female.
"There were civilians in the hotel that heard the officer scream multiple times to get on the ground," Sheriff Shoar says.
According to Shoar, Rich of St. Augustine disobeyed those commands and reached for something in the middle console. That's when the deputy fired a shot into his leg.
"If you approach a stolen vehicle - or if you're in a stolen vehicle - and you're given commands by law enforcement, and you don't follow them, you run the risk of getting shot," Shoar says.
Rich will face a charge of grand theft and resisting an officer without violence. 31 year-old Kimberly Davis of St. Augustine was arrested for violation of probation.
In addition to the drug charges now added to the stolen car, he says they’re investigating other areas that he couldn’t fully disclose at this point.