The State Attorney’s Office says an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy was justified in using deadly force earlier this year in Walnut Hill. It happened on January 25th when deputies were dispatched to a home at 10740 Highway 97 in response to threats made Robert Martin against his wife. Arriving deputies entered the home and saw Martin pull a pistol from of a holster. The deputies ordered Martin to put down the gun but he refused and when he raised the weapon he was shot and killed by Sergeant Greg Nesmith. An investigation was conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and they recovered a loaded .45 caliber Derringer used by Martin.

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