The investigation into the death of 23 year-old Rodney Mitchell is complete and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office concluded Sergeant Troy Sasse and Deputy Adam Shaw’s response was lawful and within agency policies.
The State Attorney’s Office today issued its conclusion that the shooting by the two agency members was a justifiable use of deadly force.
The Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation with additional analysis by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Medical Examiner’s Office, Independent Crime Scene Analyst and Certified Force Science Analyst Alexander Jason, and the State Attorney’s Office.
In its review of this investigation, the State Attorney’s Office noted that Mitchell’s license was suspended for DUI and was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license during a traffic stop in May 2012. At his court appearance a week before the shooting, the judge told Mitchell that the State was seeking 30 days in jail and if he continued to drive the amount of time he would spend in jail was going to “keep escalating.”
During this investigation, when passenger Dorian Gilmer was asked why Mitchell fled from the officers, Gilmer responded “I know he didn’t want to go to jail. He had a lot to lose.”