Officials have released the names of the officers involved in the shooting of a Gainesville teen Sunday night.
Nine law enforcement personnel from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department fired their weapons at Robert Dentmond, 16, at Majestic Oaks Apartment Complex just north of Southwest 20th Avenue near Interstate 75, according to a news release from both agencies. Dentmond was later pronounced dead at UF Health Shands Hospital.
The deputies and officers were identified as:
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office:
- Sgt. Christopher Sims
- Deputy Robert Campbell
- Deputy Jason Hulst
- Deputy Kyle Reedy
- Deputy Christopher Dasher
Gainesville Police Department:
- Cpl. Robert Kennedy
- Officer Brendon McCarthy
- Officer Matthew Quinn
- Officer Casey Kumar
Dentmond called 911 at 10:07 p.m. Sunday and said he had an M16 rifle at the apartment complex, police said. He said he wanted to shoot himself and then hung up the phone.
When officials arrived, they began talking with Dentmond, who dropped the rifle to the ground. But he picked it up again and began walking toward one of the apartment buildings. Police warned him to stop or they would fire, and after Dentmond ignored them, police began shooting.
The weapon was later identified as a replica, not an actual gun.
All officers involved in the shooting have been placed on temporary administrative duties until the investigation is concluded.
The investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the release said. At its conclusion, the sheriff’s office and Gainesville police will conduct their own internal investigations.