Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

State Attorney's Office Clears Deputy's Action in Shooting; He Had Used Taser, and Suspect Was Beating Him When He Shot with Pistol

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

State Attorney's Office Clears Deputy's Action in Shooting; He Had Used Taser, and Suspect Was Beating Him When He Shot with Pistol

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Byline: Derek Gilliam

The State Attorney's Office determined a deputy acted appropriately when he shot and killed an unarmed man who wreaked havoc in a Nassau County subdivision.

Deputy Wilfred "Bill" Quick shot Anthony Jamal Bartley several times after the 21-year-old continued - despite being jolted with a Taser twice - to beat Quick with his fists about 11 a.m. Feb. 10, according to the State Attorney's Office review.

Prior to Quick's arrival, Bartley punched holes in the walls of a woman's North Hampton home on Sagaponack Drive.

Bartley had stayed the night with the unidentified woman but started acting paranoid and pacing back and forth, the review said. The review said he "was seen snorting white powder through a rolled-up dollar bill" that evening.

Three hours before the shooting, Bartley rammed his head through the window in the home where he had spent the night and pushed the woman out and then punched holes in the walls. He left the residence shirtless, barefoot and heavily bleeding from his head about 10:50 a.m.

He then jumped on passing cars, broke a neighbor's window and mailbox and got into an unoccupied vehicle leaving blood all over it, the review said.

The Sheriff's Office released several 911 phone calls. In one of them, a caller frantically asks for help.

"He's broken my garage door right now," the unidentified woman said. "... Please hurry up, I'm so scared."

Quick was the first deputy to arrive and was led to the man by a doctor who isn't named in the state attorney's review.

The doctor went to the subdivision after his future stepdaughter called him and told him about the bloody man acting insane in the neighborhood.

Quick drove up to the man in his patrol car in uniform. Quick first saw Bartley running toward him "with his fists clenched and his eyes wide open."

Quick asked Bartley what had happened, but Bartley continued to run at the deputy, according to the State Attorney's Office. …

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