Police Shoot Army Veteran through Cell Door

NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) - A half dozen corrections jail incident reports about what happened when a corrections officer shot 29-year-old Matthew Trevino, who suffers from mental illness, are remarkably consistent with one another. But they are not consistent with a video recorded by one of the officers. The video of the August 2015 shooting will likely be at the center of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Earlier that day, Trevino had been booked into the Pasco County jail on a probation violation.That night, deputies, who wanted to search his cell for contraband, told him to place his hands through the slot of his door to be handcuffed, according to both the reports and the video. Trevino, who was alone in his cell and naked, would not put his hands through the door. Instead, he was exposing his genitals, making incoherent statements and taunting officers. "You never finished the academy and I'm a Marine, open this door and I will kick your ass," he said, according to the report by Cpl. Robert Haas. His attorney, Lee Pearlman said the Army veteran suffers from schizophrenia. "I don't know how you wouldn't be aware of it,” he said about the officers. "He's absolutely having a schizophrenic break and the statements he's saying are bizarre." Haas' report said he aimed a 12- gauge shotgun loaded with a Nova round – the equivalent of a flashbang grenade – at Trevino. Read full story: http://bit.ly/28SnMGP

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