State Attorney: Deputies Justified In Shooting Suspect In The Buttocks

February 9, 2018

The State Attorney’s Office has ruled that two Escambia County deputies were justified in shooting a man in the buttocks after he opened fire on them.

The shooing occurred during the early morning hours of November 24, 2017,  at a home on Holly Street approximately one block south of Nine Mile Road. Deputies Scott Rappa, Brant Kessinger, Eric Alvarez, and Larry Richardson responded to that address  based upon an anonymous tip that a fugitive with outstanding warrants, Brittany Knapp, had just been dropped off at that location.

The uniformed deputies received permission from the lawful tenant to search the property. While searching a storage building attached to the rear of the home, Richardson and Rappa came in contact with Russell Enfinger and Kristen Allen. Allen obeyed the deputies’ directions and went outside to talk to  Deputy Alvarez. After a brief discussion with the deputies, Enfinger stated ”I’m not going.” Enfinger then produced a firearm and pointed it at the deputies.

The deputies yelled “gun” and attempted to exit the storage building. The storage building, as well as the surrounding yard, was crowded with furniture, equipment, and miscellaneous other items. As Richardson and Rappa retreated from the storage building to a point of safety, they tripped and fell to the ground. Enfinger then exited the storage building and fired multiple times at the deputies.

Alvarez returned fire. Richardson moved to a wooded alleyway north of the residence where he saw Enfinger jump a fence into the alleyway. Richardson ordered Enfinger to drop his weapon. At this point, Enfinger turned and fired towards Richardson.

Richardson returned fire until Enfinger climbed over a second fence heading west. Additional deputies arrived on scene to assist and search the area. Enfinger was located a short distance away laying in a retention area behind a Taco Bell. Enfinger had been shot once in the buttocks. A firearm was located on the ground next to his leg.

Enfinger was taken into custody without further incident. First aid was provided and he was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Enfinger is awaiting trial on  three counts of attempted first degree murder.

Pictured: The scene at a Taco Bell on Nine Mile Road following  deputy involved shooting last November. File photo for, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “State Attorney: Deputies Justified In Shooting Suspect In The Buttocks”

  1. Me on February 9th, 2018 6:47 pm

    Glad no leo was hit, but please practice better gun control for us next time and neutralize the threat, he diserves it for trying such. Leo have to much to deal with as it is without ppl like this man. And now we all will support him.
    Everyone support local leos!!

  2. C'mon man on February 9th, 2018 6:36 pm

    The shooing was eceived and returned resulting in Forrest Gump like injury.

  3. Kane on February 9th, 2018 5:22 pm

    I’m very glad the officers and no innocent persons were hurt with that being said…. This guy found out crime doesn’t pay in the end. He knows that crime can be a real pain in the butt. He will be the butt of the joke in the jailhouse…thank you very much I will see myself out.

  4. Anne on February 9th, 2018 4:25 pm

    Mr. Enfinger presented a fine non-kill target when climbing over the fence.
    Glad none of our Deputies were injured in this event.
    Granddaughter said she’d like to give Mr. Enfinger a haircut as this one “looks like somebody who is mad at him cut his hair”.
    God Bless the First Responders and our Military and Preserve us Citizens from the rapidly growing criminal element here in Escambia County.
    Bet drugs involved someplace along the line.

  5. trigger on February 9th, 2018 9:33 am

    He tried to murder LEO’s too bad the bullets missed his head

  6. Niknak50 on February 9th, 2018 7:52 am

    Forrest Gump was also shot in the but-tocks

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