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[UPDATE] Wanted Man Shot by Police at Putnam & South Meridian

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro; Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro; Angelica Alvarez Email

By: Bailey Myers
February 17h, 2014

Tallahassee FL- A shootout from more than two years ago has come to a close and a man with gang ties will spend 45 years in prison.

Shantwaun Turner was arrested after he pulled a gun on officers.

"I thought about the wrong things I've done and I want to apologize for having a gun...That was the only thing I was wrong for. That was the only thing I did wrong," explained Turner.

Shantwaun Turner's first and for now final statement in the courts regarding the shooting at Putnam Drive and Meridian Road in 2011.

According to the FDLE, law enforcement agents from TPD, FDLE and the FBI were involved in the manhunt for Turner. They say he pulled a gun on them and they were forced to fire on Turner. Monday the Prosecution asked for Turner to face the maximum sentence of 55 years.

"He may well be able to hurt or kill others...Where he nearly put them in fear of death during this incident.
They brought videos from Turners phone showing him holding a gun, and gesturing to drugs and money.

His family plead for liniancy, as his mother explained, "He is a good child and he has always been a smart child. Ever since he has been in here he has changed and he wants to help people he always helps people."

Despite their pleas the Judge sentenced him to 45 years in the Department of Corrections plus ten years probation.

"I have to say Mr. Turner I don't think you get what you have done to this point in your life," said Judge Fulford.

For now Turner will be going to prison. He has thirty days to file an appeal. We will bring you more details if and when they become available.



UPDATED 1.18.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Leon County grand jury reviewed the details of the shooting today.

Deputy state attorney Georgia Cappleman says the grand jury issued a "no true bill" and found the officers justified in shooting Shantwaun Turner.

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UPDATE 12-7-2011

To police, Shantwaun Turner is a wanted man, but to his father, he's just his 22 year old son.

Darriel Turner says, "Really I'm not concerned about the case, I'm only concerned about his welfare."

On the night of December 1, just after 10 p.m. officers with TPD, FDLE and the FBI swarmed the corner of Putnam and Meridian Streets in South Tallahassee, looking for Shantwaun Turner. He was wanted for several armed robberies in Leon and Gadsen counties. They found him, and as arrest papers just released show Turner pulled a gun and pointed it directly at a Tallahassee police officer, prompting two officers to fire. We now know he was shot in the face.

Darriel Turner says, "He's alive, I know, he's being fed through a tube, sucking through a straw, some kind of way the bullet went through his face, I think it destroyed part of his tongue."

As a father, Darriel says the family just wants to be there for his son.

He says, "I don't want him to think we don't love him, I really don't want him to think like that."

The Tallahassee Police Department says they have a strict policy that bans visitation when a suspect is being held in the hospital. The main reason is that a hospital room is not equipped with the same security as that of a jail cell. They say they can't risk the safety of their officers, the prisoner or medical staff.

But still Darriel says, "If they could just let me and his mom, for 2 minutes, see his face let him know we're pulling for him, I think it would help him, it would help us."

A spokesperson for TPD says the only way they would consider visitation in a hospital room would be if the prisoner was on the verge of dying. In this case, Shantwaun Turner is not.

UPDATE 12-7-2011

Probable cause released by TPD. That document is attached above.

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UPDATED 12.2.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee forensic crews were back at the scene of the shooting today taking measurements and pictures.

Tallahassee Police say Shantwaun Turner was shot when he resisted arrest. TPD, FDLE and the FBI were trying to arrest Turner on two outstanding warrants in Leon County.

Sheriff Morris Young confirms there are outstanding warrants for Turner in Gadsden County too for violation of probation, battery and criminal mischief.

The Quincy Police Department also confirms Turner is a person of interest in several robberies in Quincy, including two credit union robberies. Assistant Chief Glenn Sapp says Turner has not been charged with any of the robberies and there were no warrants issued for him in those cases.
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UPDATED 12.2.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee Police are releasing few details about an officer-involved shooting at the corner of Putnam and Meridian.

22 year old Shantwaun Turner was wanted on two outstanding warrants for violation of probation on grand theft and drug charges.

There were officers and agents with TPD, FDLE and the FBI involved in the manhunt, but TPD spokesman Dave Northway would not specify who fired at Shantwaun Turner or if more than one law enforcement officer did.

Turner is hospitalized. We are checking on his condition at Tallahassee Memorial. Northway would not specify how many times Turner was shot, where he was shot or if the injuries are life-threatening.

A TPD press release says Turner was armed and "resisted the officers' efforts" to take him into custody, but Northway will not specify what type of weapon Turner was carrying, if he threatened officers with it in any way, or if he fired any shots at police.

TPD Spokesman David Northway said, "This is an active and ongoing investigation," and would release no further information than what's included in the TPD press release (posted below).

An FDLE spokeswoman also had no comment on the shooting citing the "active and ongoing investigation."
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UPDATED 12.2.2011 1pm TPD Press Release

TPD INVESTIGATES SHOOTING
On December 01, 2011, officers with the Tallahassee Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were attempting to locate a wanted suspect in the area of Meridian Road. Officers located the armed suspect, later identified as Shantwaun Turner, in the area of Putnam Drive and Meridian Road and attempted to take him into custody. Mr. Turner resisted the officers’ efforts and Mr. Turner was subsequently shot. He is currently at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he is receiving treatment for those injuries. No other injuries have been reported at this time.
TPD's Criminal Investigation Division and the Forensic Unit responded to the location and began to investigate the incident. At this time, investigators are following all leads and determining the facts of the case.
Suspect: Shantwaun Turner Black Male DOB: 04/06/89
Outstanding Warrants (Leon County):
 Violation of Probation for Sale of Cannabis within 1,000 feet of a School or Church
Violation of Probation for Grand Theft

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UPDATE 12-2-2011 12:30am

Tallahassee, FL - More information about a shooting incident at Putnam Drive and Meridian.

Tallahassee Police Department officer David Northway tells WCTV that officers initially responded at 10:15 pm.

TPD received a call about a wanted man from Gadsden County and some sort of altercation broke out with shots being fired. Officials say the suspect was hit and was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for injuries.

No word yet on the extent of his injuries. Few details have been released about the shooting itself since the incident remains under investigation.

We will have more details as they become available.

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Tallahassee, FL -- December 1, 2011 --

Tallahassee Police Department is on the scene of a shooting at Putnam Drive and South Meridian Street.

Not much is known at this time. WCTV has a crew on the way to the scene, and will bring more information as it becomes available.


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