[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Another man tasered then shot. The full report of the shooting death of 28-year-old Anesson Joseph (“a naked attacker, bloody and screaming”) has been released. Police believed he was armed with a weapon, but it was only his keys in his hand. He was tasered but “the taser darts did not impact the moving target … They failed to stop him potentially attacking them. The medical examiner found he died of gunshot wounds to the chest and leg.]]
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. —Officials with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office have released the full report that determined the deputy-involved shooting that claimed the life of 28-year-old Anesson Joseph was justified.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy has been cleared in the officer-involved shooting death of Anesson Joseph.
An eyewitness recorded the moments leading up to deputies firing on a naked attacker.
According to the report, it is unclear which deputy, the one with the taser or the one with the pistol, pulled out his weapon first. A third officer who was investigating an earlier incident was also on scene.
The report states Deputy Joel Rivera discharged his taser weapon but the taser darts did not impact the moving target, of Anesson Joseph, as he made his lunge towards Sergeant Richard Raasch.
The report goes on to state when the deputies arrived on scene they found the suspect was naked, bloody and screaming.
“I was afraid he was going to make a move,” said Rivera.
The deputies observed the suspect holding something inside his right hand. “I thought it could have been a small knife, a jagged piece of metal,” said Sgt. Raasch.
The report states it was not until after the suspect fell to the ground that Sgt. Raasch realized the object he saw in the man’s hand was a key (or keys).
The final moments of the deadly confrontation between Joseph and the sheriff’s deputies was all caught on video.
The bizarre episode began after Joseph was reportedly spotted walking naked along Military Trail in Delray Beach on the night of Feb. 4.
Moments later, he launched a series of violent attacks on innocent bystanders.
According to the report, the first victim was an elderly man, the second a teenager who rushed to protect his younger sister while they were taking out the garbage in front of their home. That 18-year-old, Tony Grein, suffered cuts to his face, the result of a vicious biting attack from Joseph, the report states.
Deputies arrived and even after using a Taser gun on Joseph, the man continued to charge at them, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.
That’s when a deputy was forced to shoot him three times, killing Joseph in the street.