Three Levy County Sheriff's deputies return to duty after fatally shooting armed man
CHIEFLAND, Fla. (WGFL) —
Three Levy County Sheriff's deputies are returning to work after shooting an armed man who attacked them last month.
Michael Wesley Goodale, 34, died in the Nov. 16 shooting and two of the deputies sustained minor injuries.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is still investigating the shooting but the sheriff's office says they've been cleared to return to active duty.
Sheriff Bobby McCallum identified the officers as Deputy Bob Cannon, K-9 Sgt. Kevin Kinik and K-9 Deputy Gary Garboski. He also released more details about what happened in a statement Monday. Here's how McCallum described the events that day:
The three deputies responded to a domestic violence call involving an armed subject at 7450 NW 110 Street in Chiefland. They encountered Goodale at the front door with two armed knives. He refused deputies' orders to drop the weapons. The deputies deployed their Tasers to disarm him but they were ineffective. Goodale attacked them, forcing the deputies to fire. He was struck twice, McCallum said.
All three deputies were put on administrative leave with pay while the FDLE investigated the shooting. They were recently authorized to return to duty. McCallum said this was the sheriff's office's first deadly shooting since 2005. "In both these instances the lives of our deputies and our community were endangered. This is a tragedy for all involved. Our deputies, as well as every other law enforcement officer across this nation, have to make the most difficult decisions in a split second to preserve life.
McCallum said Cannon, who arrived at the scene first, has been with the sheriff's office since 2005 after working at the Chiefland Police Department and the Florida Department of Corrections. Kinick also worked at the Chiefland Police Department before starting with the sheriff's office in 2004. Garboski has been with Levy County since 2015 after completing a full career with the Tampa Police Department.