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On August 24, 2003 a man (24 yr old Deandre "Trey" Brunston) was being sought for questioning from an alleged domestic abuse incident. Brunston was cornered in a nearby doorway where he and the officers tried to negotiate. He repeatedly told the officers he was wanted for murder (which was false), would rather die right there than go back to prison, and that he was armed and would shoot a police dog and the deputies if the dog was released or they fired first. However he had no gun but had a flip-flop sandal in his right hand hidden under his T-shirt. Brunston repeatedly stated that he would throw the "gun" down and surrender if he were allowed to speak to his girlfriend who he said was pregnant with his child, but his request was never granted. The dog was released and Bruston threw down the sandal.
Deputies discharged 81 shots, killing both Brunston and the dog. The dog was airlifted from the scene, while Bruston was left to bleed to death. No gun was found on or near Brunson. The videotape was used in the lawsuit to support that the police had acted in haste.
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