#StandYourGround: Keenan Finkelstein will learn if he’s criminally liable after he shot a deputy sheriff in the leg last March in Pensacola, using the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law to justify his actions.
According to the Pensacola News-Journal, Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Shedrick Johnson and other officers were searching on foot for a robbery suspect in the Scenic Hills area. A robbery victim told police that someone from a home located in the 8800 block of Burning Tree Road had stolen a handgun and marijuana from his residence.
Police converged on the home and saw Keenan Finkelstein emerge from the garage. It should be noted that he was not the subject police were searching for. Sgt. Johnson said that he emerged from behind a tree where he had been hiding and identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy. Finkelstein produced a gun and fired, hitting Sgt. Johnson in the leg.
Keenan Finkelstein’s lawyer, Brandon Moros, is arguing that Sgt. Johnson didn’t identify himself when he stepped out from behind the tree. Moros contends his client’s actions were in self-defense and justifiable under the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. Um, here we go again….Florida.
Judge Terry Terrell will decide whether to drop the charges against Keenan Finkelstein or allow his case to go to trial, after witness testimony concludes on Friday.