Deputy Shot; Shooter Killed; Meth Lab Found

September 29, 2010

An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot this morning at a Pensacola motel, and the shooter, a Pensacola man, is dead. Deputies located an active meth lab in the room following the shooting.

The shooter was identified Wednesday afternoon by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office as Michael Scott Lee, 21, of Pensacola

Deputy Jason Ates was shot in the upper thigh at the Motel 6 on Pensacola Boulevard shortly after 10:30 this morning.  His injuries were not considered life threatening. Ates was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital by Escambia County EMS.

At 10:24 a.m., Escambia County deputies were called to Room 121 of the Motel 6 to assist the Pensacola Police Department with a missing persons case. At 10:33 a.m., Ates and Deputy Jennifer Lovley-Gandy made contact with the man that had been reported missing. He was in the room with female and Lee. Authorities were led to the motel by a debit card transaction.

At 10:37 a.m., Lee opened fire on deputies, striking Ates in the upper thigh region. At least one deputy returned fire, killing Lee. The man that was reported missing and the female have been detained for questioning.

The shootings are under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Ates has been with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since November, 2009, and Gandy has been employed since 2004.

More details will be posted as they become available throughout today.

Pictured above: The scene after a deputy was shot and a suspect was shot and killed Wednesday morning at the Motel 6 on Pensacola Boulevard. Photo by Liz Nagy WEAR TV for, click to enlarge.


55 Responses to “Deputy Shot; Shooter Killed; Meth Lab Found”

  1. #1 Ates on October 4th, 2010 12:07 pm

    To J.Michael Ates:
    Jason NEVER set out to end a life but he refused to let somone end his or the Deputy with him!!
    My job is easy, I don’t have to decide if I have to shoot or not(and 99.9% of the people quoting on here don’t either) and I thank all of the LEO’s who put a vest on to increase their chances of survival, in order to come home to their families after protecting me and everyone else. You can’t expect a Deputy to get shot, and then ask if you can return fire to save his own life! It took only seconds to decide and no can understand what it is like to work under these conditions except Law Enforcement Officers and our Military Men and Women who defend us everyday. If Michael Lee had more respect for the Law, he would never been in that situation. He obviously did not respect Human life, trying to kill somone, somones SON, HUSBAND,FATHER,and BROTHER!

  2. Veteran LEO on October 2nd, 2010 9:23 am

    As a veteran law enforcement officer with over 25 years experience, I can say that the outcome of this incident was dictated by Mr. Lee. I’ve been in situations on many occasions where the use of deadly force was justified, but I did not fire a shot. In each of those incidents, a person either had a weapon and hesitated when ordered to drop it, or somebody was reaching for a weapon but did not actually pick it up and point it at me or anybody else.If they had done so, I would have had no choice but to shoot or die. Sorry, but I don’t get paid to commit suicide and not defending yourself in a situation like that is suicide. In this case, Mr. Lee was the one who shot first and struck Deputy Ates. Several civilian witnesses heard the deputies yelling at Mr. Lee to drop the weapon before they returned fire. To me, that speaks volumes about intentions of both deputies. Both were willing to hold their fire, placing themselves in further jeopardy, in order to give Mr. Lee a chance to drop his weapon and surrender. Mr. Lee chose not to surrender and to continue to place the lives of the deputies and any civilians around him in jeopardy, so the deputies had no choice but to shoot. The irony is that if Mr. Lee had surrendered without forcing the deputies to shoot him, he would have probably been out of jail by now on bond and cooking meth somewhere else instead of looking after his daughter or taking the effort to turn his life around.

  3. cb on October 1st, 2010 4:54 pm

    Well said #1 Ates!

  4. Steve Gallimore on October 1st, 2010 4:44 pm

    I’m beginning to see where this warped view of social justice comes from, if Momma K is Michael Lee’s mom. The statement was made that Escambia Sheriff’s shoot first and ask questions later. Sounds like he was raised to have no respect for authority, and he paid the ultimate price. In my view, it’s extremely difficult to ask questions of people who are shooting at you. If folks had answered the door properly and allowed themselves to be questioned, they would still be alive. In jail maybe, but alive. This is not rocket science folks, don’t shoot at the police, don’t cook dope, etc, etc, etc.

    Listen to David Huie Green.

  5. #1 Ates on October 1st, 2010 12:20 pm

    oh yes Bryan, he was stupid and tried to shoot more. It’s not murder, its justice!!

  6. #1 Ates on October 1st, 2010 12:17 pm

    To Bryan and Mamma K:
    Michael Lee died because he tried to kill My Brother and another deputy. If you think that Jason or the other Deputy had a choice, you are retarded!
    Michael Lee made his decision and he paid for it with his life and I dont care if he was 21 or 61, 15 or 100. You live by the gun you die by the gun .
    Now on a personal not: BETTER HIM THAN MY BROTHER OR HIS PARTNER!!!

  7. idunno/ dick tracy on October 1st, 2010 10:52 am

    Note to ECSO: Please be sure these deputies involved are ordered to meet with older officers, in a private setting outside of the office, who have been in the same situation. Preferably at their residence, where it’s more comfortable for a conversation. An officer can feel he /she is weak when dealing with the aftermath of this, and feel belittled by going to see a head doctor, who has set behind a desk or in a classroom and never encountered such an ordeal. Our S.O. has lost several Good Officers because the department forgets after the news media does that these cops will remember on a daily basis, the rest of their life, what they encountered. Ask me how I know???? Been there……still dealing with it……. ….And to you people that believe a cop should “wound” a shooter………GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!

  8. [_]\coffee on October 1st, 2010 7:27 am

    Just wondering why “MOMMA K” didn’t do something to HELP Mr. Lee.
    Momma K, did you do anything to help Mr. Lee?
    MOMMA K, can you answer please?

  9. cb on September 30th, 2010 4:34 pm

    Yeah Bryan, if it’s so bad here in America get on outta the country! Good Job to our fine officers out there. I hope while your sitting here bashing the cops that you never are need for them to help you. If you knew he needed help it’s the friends, and families responsiblities to help that person. Well, that’s just my own personal opinion, but I’m allowed that because I live in a country that has freedom of speech. Momma K, you must have had a bad experience yourself to know so much about the police, and their jobs. I have never saw an Officer use deadly force first, then ask questions. He might of been a Father, Son, Brother, and Friend, but he also was a cop killer or tried to be. I do have sympathy for everyone that has been affected by this whole ordeal, but you chose your own life. “If you want to make your life better, that’s your job not someone elses” Prayers go out to everyone!

  10. David Huie Green on September 30th, 2010 2:12 pm

    “Judicial System left him behind???? You are supposed to go through life without going through the judicial system.”

    Good point. The judicial system is not set up to raise people, it should be set up to protect the innocent.

    David for avoiding arrest

  11. robert on September 30th, 2010 1:22 pm

    Bryan if this such a crappy country then pack your crap and get out of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! first shot fired and a cop goes down of course the other cop is going to shoot to keep from being killed they are taught not to fire unless fired upon in my opinion this was a justified shoot no matter what anyone else thinks.

  12. J.Michael Ates on September 30th, 2010 12:23 pm

    To MOMMA K

    Your Son had so little concern for the life of my Cousin, his wife, his children and our family. I am sorry for your loss. But I dont think you can justify the comment you made in regards to using deadly force first and asking questions second.

    Your son was in possession of a fire arm while posted up in a hotel room cooking up dope. His intentions were less then stellar.

    Drugs change people. Addiction changes how ones decisions are made.
    My cousin was simply doing his job. How would you like to start your morning by putting on a bullet proof vest due to a high possibility someone is going to shoot at you?

  13. Horrific on September 30th, 2010 12:04 pm

    Now as to the police officer who got shot… GOD SPEED.

    As to the one who shot the thug.
    Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
    Please try to remember HE MADE HIS CHOICE A LONG TIME AGO.

    TO ALL OFFICERS of the law in this town.

    IF YOUR doing your job please don’t take what I say to those who are not,
    as yours.
    It may be a work brotherhood, but there is no blood bond.
    Go do your jobs and be proud of you!
    For those of you who do….WE ARE!

  14. Horrific on September 30th, 2010 12:00 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how they don’t finish the job…

    Do our police force actually like this crap?
    Is it too much paper work?

    you say something about a cop on this forum and all heck breaks
    loose when you drive to town. They have plenty of time to call all their buddys
    and harrass an old woman on her way to town trying to get her to speed.
    Then here comes the cop over the top of a hill from the other way.
    Not too much of a set up…. lol

    It’s not going to happen … give it up boys.
    You been doing that for how long now….ummmm about a year.
    Why don’t you just man up and clean up this town?
    Is it just easier to harrass a old woman?
    Your going to find out it’s not!

    I’m going to be like the mother you NEVER had and stay right on
    your tails!

  15. kevin on September 30th, 2010 11:41 am

    so… they have release all the names of the people in the room and yet NONE of them are charged with the meth???? dont drop the ball on this one!!!!!

  16. Horrific on September 30th, 2010 11:33 am

    Very good AL

    Sometimes I sure like where you come from.

  17. AL on September 30th, 2010 11:13 am

    There are monsters and it’s okay to be afraid of them, but it’s not okay to let them win and it’s not okay to be one. – JJ (Character on CBS’ Criminal Minds)

  18. dnutjob on September 30th, 2010 10:59 am

    May the deceased rest in peace now, Meth is a terrible addictive choice to make, and I wish the officer a speedy recovery. I am sorry the young man had to die but if I was the cop I would defend my life too especially if I am making a whopping 16 dollars an hour. Not enough money if you ask me, to put my life on the line for others safety, bless you all for the job you do and the BS you have to put up with.

  19. Big Big Sigh! on September 30th, 2010 8:59 am


    I am speachless………


  20. Scobie Wilcoxon on September 30th, 2010 8:14 am

    Really? Where are the reports of the bloodbath going on? Please, give us references of the many people law enforcement officers have killed in that area. Are you implying that deputies are just laying in wait for helpless citizens to prey upon?

    Again…really? Just what exactly was the judicial system supposed to do with this person…and why?

    If you’re referring to the heart…you are correct; if you are referring to the act…then the investigation and possible Grand Jury will decide.

    Sorry that your friend is gone; he is a product of conscious choices-these deputies are now a product of his conscious decision as well.

  21. Mayhem on September 30th, 2010 8:09 am

    Judicial System left him behind???? You are supposed to go through life without going through the judicial system. This clown has been in and out of juvenile programs and jail all his life. He was given many opportunities to “wake up and smell the coffee”. He chose to live life as a street thug. This should be a very compelling message to armed criminals in this county. “LIVE BY THE GUN , AND YOU WILL DIE BY THE GUN!!!!” God has no mercy on his soul for what he has done, and he’s not rejoicing in heaven today.

  22. MOMMA K on September 30th, 2010 6:34 am


  23. mary on September 30th, 2010 5:08 am

    Should we feel sorry for the drug dealer(he was cooking METH when the police knocked on the door) because he had it rough as a kid?? can I blame all my faults on growing up in foster homes? NOPE sure cant!! @ age 21 he decided that he wanted to deal drugs…It was HIS decision..not any1 else’s…He was an adult as I have said before @ some point every1 has to know right from wrong..I knew it @ a very young age..Yes it is sad…but this is where HIS decision took him…he is not the 1st & surely wont be the last. Escambia”s finest did what they had to & did a damn good job!! Hope they start watching these motels on 29..they are nothing but a drug dealers paradise.

  24. Only Human on September 30th, 2010 3:15 am

    Bryan, as a Deputy Sheriff who has been faced with a situation like this myself, I would can assure you that if Jason and Jennifer could have resolved this situation without having to end Mr. Lee’s life, they would have done so. We as law enforcement officers are not trained to kill, we are trained to use only the amount of force that is necessary to stop the threat or aggresive actions that we are faced with. In this situation, after Mr. Lee fired the first shot that wounded Deputy Ates, other witnesses at the motel (CIVILIANS, not other deputies or any other law enforcement officers), heard the deputies telling Mr. Lee to drop his weapon before ANY other shots were fired. Mr. Lee refused to do so, at which point both deputies were forced to take the only option they had available to them at that point. If someone shoots an officer and refuses to drop the weapon or surrender, we as officers have to belive that they fully intend to shoot at us again. Why would he not drop the weapon if that was not his intention. Bryan, we are not mindless, robotic killing machines that are trained to kill no matter what. We are only humans just like everyone of us, and we all have families (or a cold beer and an XBOX) that we want to go home to just like anyone else. We are ALL (Jason and Jennifer included) very sorry that you lost your friend, and we are ALL (again, Jason and Jennifer included) very sorry that his daughter will grow up without ever knowing her father, but the unfortunate truth is that Mr. Lee made a choice, and he paid the ultimate price for it. Bryan, please understand that Jason and Jennifer are also going through a very emotionally trying time right now. It’s not easy to live with the knowledge that you were forced to end someone’s life, and I can assure you that neither one of them will be sleeping for several days, and they probably both be having nightmares about this sitution for a lot longer than that. They both were forced into a bad situation, and both of them felt that the only option they had to defend themselves was to use lethal force against Mr. Lee. I know this is a hard way to look at it, but no matter how well you or anyone else knew Mr. Lee, no one can say with absolute certainty that Mr. Lee would NOT have shot at those officers again, or would NOT have tried to kill one or both of them, especially when you take into consideration the fact that he did not drop his weapon and surrender when they gave him the option to (and again, that information is coming from other witnesses at the motel, NOT from Jason, Jennifer, or any other law enforcement officer that know about this incident).

    To everyone else that has posted in responce to Bryan’s comments, let’s cut the guy some slack, ok? Regardless of whether we agree with what he says or not, the fact that we need to remember is that this guy just lost his friend, and is upset and hurt about it, just like any one of us would be if we were in the same situation right now. Also, how can any of you say for sure that he DIDN’T do everything he could to help his friend? He may have tried to do the best he could, but ultimately for a person to change what they’re doing, THEY ALONE must do what is necessary and make the choice for themselves to make the changes that they need to in their own life. Let’s just pray that God gives him the strength to get through this situation, as well as Mr. Lee’s family who now has to deal with the emotion of losing a loved one.

    To those of you who have made comments supporting law enforcement, THANK YOU! It is nice to know that there are still people who appreciate the risks we take and the sacrifices that we make to do the best we can to protect and serve the people of the county like we swore to do. We may not be perfect, but we do the best we can to take care of you guys. Please pray that God will be with John and Jennifer, and their families, and that He will give them the strength that they need to get through the next few weeks and the emotions that they are going through right now.

  25. Cynical on September 29th, 2010 10:31 pm

    Bryan, any death is a tragedy and the death of a young person is tragedy doubled. Your friend will not have died in vain if you personally remember the lessons of his life.

    Stay clean.

    Stay sober.

    Help anyone in any practical way you can.

    More importantly, live the life your friend could have lived if the breaks had gone his way.

    Remember him.

    He was lucky you care enough to defend him post mortum. You can make the situation better by never having to force anyone to defend YOU post mortum.

    Go in peace and always remember, but for bad decisions, anyone can be someone.

  26. Name (required) on September 29th, 2010 10:16 pm

    God bless the Escambia County Sheriffs office, and hasten the recovery of Deputy Ates.

    It is sad that this man made the choices he has, but good that the gunfight went the way it did. Pray for the family of the perpetrator, as well as for the officers who were called on to return fire TO PROTECT the rest of us. Taking a life is not an easy thing, remember that those who serve are human, and need our prayers.

    If any LEO is reading this. God bless you, and thank you for your service!

  27. tc on September 29th, 2010 10:07 pm

    Bryan you really have no idea. Your friend comes out with a gun and you are saying that the Deputies should shoot just to wound?
    What was your buddies intention on coming at the Deputies with a gun?
    He got what he deserved. Pointing a weapon at anyone is a threat towards their life. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
    One less criminal and drug user/pusher on the street. Pensacola is a little safer tonight.
    I hope for a quick recovery on the injured Deputy. Good shoot.

  28. Why didn't You help??? on September 29th, 2010 10:06 pm


    If you worried about this kid so much why didn’t you help him??? Oh, I get it, out of sight out of mind. It’s a shame you couldn’t/didn’t use all this energy you have to try to help him when he needed it. I am sure his parents did all they could for this kid and tough love is better than no love. But, it looks like tough love couldn’t even work for this guy. EVERY ONE CAN CHANGE but, you have got to want it. My prayers to all involved his family included.

  29. hmmm5678 on September 29th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Well, you have to think before you make decisions, is this what i should be doing? Am i walking a tight rope living this type of life style? .And obviously he didn’t want to go to prison so he opened fire on a deputy. Luckily the officer didnt get killed.

  30. David Huie Green on September 29th, 2010 8:59 pm

    It’s sad the fellow got himself in a position where somebody had to kill him.

    It’s good he didn’t kill the officer just going about his business, serving the community or anybody else.

    It’s a shame he seems to have decided to throw his life away awhile back.

    David with pity and rejoicing
    and more regrets for what might have been

  31. Mayhem on September 29th, 2010 8:38 pm

    Bryan, Your post is ignorant. Many young kids decide to take the right path over drugs and violence. Your buddy didn’t. No sympathy here. In my opinion he’s a cop killer that lost at his own game. Thank god these deputies are alive and that they acted so swift to his threat. Quit trying to blame everyone else for your friends actions. Good guys 1- Bad guys 0

  32. Steve on September 29th, 2010 7:57 pm

    Bryan, Life is a series of choices. Good, bad or indifferent, they all make us the kind of person we are. I say there are two kinds of people, good guys and bad guys. There is no middle ground, you must choose. It is a terrible thing to expire at 21, but it was a choice. The choice was made some time back, when the individual came to that fork in the road and chose the wrong path. I promise you those deputies did not go to work today hoping to shoot someone, but they did go to work today determined to go home again at the end of their shift. I for one am glad they acted swiftly to insure their survival.

    Please tell all your other friends they may want to take that other fork in the road, the one that doesn’t smell like meth death. Nobody has to make or sell drugs to survive, and if you believe that you are part of the problem. Man up. Be better than your friend, choose better friends. Take the right path. Twenty years down the road you’ll look back and say, man that could have been me.

    I hope you make the right choice.

  33. Native X4 on September 29th, 2010 7:47 pm

    To Bryan if you were so concerned with this young man’s life why were you not spending each of your days getting him into the help he needed to overcome all the demons in his life. This young man was wrong in all aspects. Do drugs and shoot at a cop chances are you are going to be killed. That is not a hard lesson to comprehend. Glad only one life was lost today.

  34. Opinionated on September 29th, 2010 7:45 pm

    When the young man made the decision to carry a gun and then use it, he crossed the line from troubled young person to potential killer. Everyone knows someone in trouble – but he drew the gun and shot at a police officer – in this situlation it was kill or be killed.

  35. Scobie Wilcoxon on September 29th, 2010 7:32 pm


    Police officers are taught to use deadly force only to stop deadly force or to protect life. When I was in the academy, we weren’t taught to ‘wound’. The target has a bullseye for a reason. If an officer shoots to wound, then the criminal court cases wind around and the civil lawsuits begin; it never ends.

    This one ended. Sadly. Deal with it. Your friend was wrong, all the way around.

    Don’t pull guns on police, fire, and expect to live. Don’t deal drugs for a living.

  36. Bryan on September 29th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Ok maybe im going a little far, but sometimes the cops get away with doing things they shouldnt, maybe they were right, but im just sad a 21 year old kid is dead , someone i knew and i just think we need to do a better job with troubled kids, so that this doesnt happen, sorry if ive offended anyone.

  37. George on September 29th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Where’s David Huie Green???

    I can’t believe he doesn’t have a comment!

  38. concerned citizen on September 29th, 2010 7:12 pm

    Life is about decisions Bryan. Some will make you a better person. Some will get you killed. Your friend chose the wrong path. Accept it, learn from it, and if you have other friends in drugs, try to get them help. It is hard to loose a friend no matter the “how.” I doubt if you were in the officer’s shoes you would not have done the same thing. Our officers put their life on the line daily. Instead of finding fault, thank God we have people willing to try to protect us.

  39. You Have Got to be Kidding!!!! on September 29th, 2010 7:02 pm

    I guess Mr. Lee is just another one of those cases where its everyone else’s fault. His parents didnt love him enough. His girlfriend left him instead of getting him help (I’m sure she had no reason she was just being mean. The deputy should have had more compassion as the hot lead was tearing through his leg. The deputies should have immediately hugged Mr. Lee and killed him with kindness. I guess its the community’s fault for not holding his hand since he’s only been an adult for 3 years now which is like a toddler in adult years. Some people blow my mind. Just remember…Yes We Can!!! Change is coming!!!

  40. Bryan on September 29th, 2010 6:58 pm

    First off i didnt say shooting a cop was right, all im saying is that Mike shouldnt have ever gotten this bad off to have even been in this spot. He was a troubled teen that was thrown away by his parents, he didnt ask to be born but he was dealt that crappy hand, i dont condone drugs or drug dealing BUT SADLY in this crappy country that im ashamed to call home our economy is so bad that the kid had no shot so he had to do what he had to do to eat. I havent seem him in 2 years, but the last time i saw him he was just having he daughter and was in good spirits, he told me he was looking for work because he didnt want his daughter to suffer as he did he wanted to clean up BUT no one would hire him, NO one would give the kid a chance so he dealt deeper into drugs, AND he never used them , but he started and thats his downfall. He lost his daughter cause of it, his former gf just threw him away like everyone else did didnt even try to get him any help, SOCIETY threw him away long ago, the guy was 21 should have had a CHANCE to get his life on track INSTEAD, he shot a cop and the cop killed him I KNOW he fired once because ive heard what happened from those in the room with him, Like i said i was his friend and lost touch 2 years ago, but i know people who still talked to him and this is how i found this out. The cop that was shot didnt kill Mike, no , the female cop did, SHE WASNT even attacked BUT she saw fit to kill him instead of wounding him and taking him to jail SO HE COULD GET OFF THE STREETS AND GET CLEAN AND MAYBE have a shot at cleaning up himself, BUT NOW he want because COPS are trained to kill and its sad, YES if he was rapid firing at them then ok killing him was nessacary BUT ONE SHOT and hes then killed is an outrage and this should be looked into, WE need to teach our cops ONLY TO KILL when its absolutely nessacary. THIS wasnt.

  41. Just My Thoughts on September 29th, 2010 6:58 pm

    First off, addicts can’t be helped unless they are willing to seek help for themselves. I am glad Jason Ates will be going home to his family and pray that we never have to make the decisions he made today.

  42. mj on September 29th, 2010 6:32 pm

    “wounded like he should have been” Ive got a great way to extend your life expectancy, dont shoot at a deputy. and if that deputy would have hesitated a second someone may of had to knock on that deputys door and explain to their family that they died because a deputy hesitated.

  43. You Have Got to be Kidding!!!! on September 29th, 2010 6:31 pm

    Bryan I hope you are not serious! How do you know how many times he fired. When someone points a gun at you and shoots you make sure you dont return fire and hit them in a no no spot. Really? You were joking right? I cant believe some of the bleeding hearts that think its ok to shoot at the cops and think that the cop should shoot at their big toe to wound them. They don’t shoot to wound they shoot to stop the threat. Bryan if your not a defense attorney you should consider a new career. You’ll believe anything! Trust me when I say that the scum of Escambia and the US have more rights than any law abiding citizen or LEO. Mr. Lee chose his fate. Trust me when I say that if you pull a gun on an officer you will be dealt with accordingly. As well you should be. But I’m sure that in your eyes this drug making, using, dealing, meth head, car stealing, burglarizing, kidnapping fool was a saint and you could never be convinced otherwise. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! With whatever else you have!

  44. Bryan on September 29th, 2010 5:59 pm

    OH one more thing, HE DID HAVE a daughter who is almost 2, SADLY due to his problems lately, his former girlfriend did away with him instead of trying to get him help. The last time i saw him was when his daughter was just born, and i remember him saying how it was the thing he needed to change, and that he wouldnt do her like he was done by his folks, SADLY though drugs are powerful, its going to be sad to know that he loved his daughter through all his troubles, and that his daughter will one day know how her dad was killed and not wounded like he should have been.

  45. Bryan on September 29th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Well first off let me tell you, i knew Mike Lee, he was only 21 years i know he shot a cop, but he didnt have to be killed, the cop could have wonded him without killing him, thus getting him in jail and getting him off the dope he was on. The last time he was in jail he was beat up and nothing ever done about it. The kid was troubled all his life. i met him when he was 15 and even then he had to sell drugs just to eat cause his parents didnt want anything to do with him. Last few years hes been homeless, going place to place staying with friends, HE WASNT doing meth until recently. He only sold marijuana, then he got in with people who did meth, he learned how to make it and how much more money he could make and then sadly instead of selling it, WHICH I DONT CONDONE drugs are bad, he started using it, he lost all his weight and was skin and bones. I havent seen him much in the last 2 years but ive heard of what hes been doing struggling, but the kid had to eat somehow because this crappy economy just threw him away like so many other youths. IF we had better programs for troubled youths then things like this and so many other tragedies could be avoided. IM SICK AND TIRED of all you people siding with the cops, the cop was wrong in this one, people should look at this as a whole, WHO TRAINS A COP TO KILL, i mean he was shot yes, but did the other cop have to murder this kid. THEY need to teach cops how to wound and not kill unless the suspect keeps firing, he shot ONE TIME and was killed not wounded. THIS is not right cops are always getting away with things, LOOK im not saying Mike was right shooting a cop thats not right, but the thing that peeves me off is he was killed after one shot, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. Well since he had no family only friends i guess no one cares, society already did away with him, this is so sad….. REST IN PEACE MIKE, YOU DIDNT DESERVE TO DIE SO YOUNG.

  46. tax payer on September 29th, 2010 5:52 pm

    Correction I believe that the man that they were looking for was in the room mwith Lee. Lee got shot not man that was missing.

  47. tax payer on September 29th, 2010 5:46 pm

    Did his parents report him missing. Sounds like to me someone carried enought about this young man that they were looking for him. If this was the case I hope they do not blame their self. I am glad the deputy is going to be ok.

  48. Oversight on September 29th, 2010 3:07 pm

    Sorry, “Guess Who.” These seedy hotels are only concerned with profit and having security cuts into the bottom line, so sadly you suggestion will never happen.

  49. guess who on September 29th, 2010 2:14 pm

    Shannon Elsaid was a very sweet dear friend of mine who was shot in the head and after having half of her brain cut out, her head shaved and a week of being on life support, she was released from life support and died shortly thereafter. This Motel really needs to regroup or they will soon be out of business. This is a shame and brings back horrifying memories of what happened to my beautiful friend, Shannon who is and will be missed dearly by all who knew her. Motel 6 needs to be more aware of what is going on at that Motel and consider hiring for 24 hour security.

  50. Bill L on September 29th, 2010 1:17 pm

    Glad the deputy is not afraid to shoot or his family could be without a father son and husband today takes, courage to do you job i gotta remember to pray at least weekly for our police and firefighters

  51. TJ on September 29th, 2010 1:01 pm

    They need not to rent a room to Escambia Country resident This may help on the Drug deals!!!

  52. Just An Old Soldier on September 29th, 2010 12:34 pm

    Godspeed the recovery of our Deputy!

  53. Splat on September 29th, 2010 11:46 am

    Same place the young female was shot and killed a few months back.

  54. Oversight on September 29th, 2010 11:18 am

    As usual, William is out front with breaking news! Thanks for all you do for our community, William!!

    To the deputy, God’s will be done and know that we are praying an pulling your full and complete recovery!

  55. mary on September 29th, 2010 11:10 am

    All those hotels/motels are nothing but crackvilles!!! Just the other day some1 was stabbed @ The Palm Court Motel…That is where Escambia’s Finest need to focus on for awhile..that could actually bring alot of drugs off the streets!!!