A High Springs police officer who shot and killed a man at the community school on May 18, 2011, has been found to be justified in the shooting. The investigation and review, conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Alachua County sheriff’s office, and the High Springs police department was referred to state attorney Bill Cervone. Cervone concluded that Sgt. Charles Harper used deadly force in “legitimate and self defense and defense of others”. In a letter to Sgt. Harper, police chief James Troiano said his actions demonstrated heroism and valor, as “you risked your life to stop the actions of a man determined to cause harm to himself and others”.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting Orlando to meet with prosecutors, first responders and families of the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The trip Tuesday comes as the Justice Department continues investigating the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub, in which 49 people died and dozens were wounded. Federal investigators who have conducted hundreds of interviews haven't ruled out charges against others in connection with the shooting and say they're still trying to determine why Omar Mateen, who died in a gun battle with police, picked as his target a popular gay nightclub.