Names Released In Officer Involved Shooting

April 28, 2012

The name of a woman and the deputy who shot her after she pointed a gun at him last week in Escambia County have been released.

The suspect was identified Friday afternoon by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at 24-year-old Shanerika Thomas of Pensacola. She was shot by deputy Brett Heuback, who has been employed as an ECSO deputy since December 2006.

Deputies responded to a disturbance at the Fairfield Villa  Apartments on April 20 about 10:30 p.m. where they found Thomas outside an apartment waving a gun. Thomas was warned multiple times to put the weapon down, but refused. Heuback fired when she pointed the gun at him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Neighbors said the Thomas had been arguing with a man over about $15 in babysitting money. She allegedly swung a stick at the man before returning to her apartment and retrieving the gun.

Thoma was taken to a local hospital where she is undergoing treatment. Her condition has not been released.

Heuback was placed on paid administrative leave — as is standard in all officer involved shootings — pending the outcome of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.


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