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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today released access to public records related to the fatal deputy-involved shooting of Roger Fortson to those individuals and entities that have requested them. These records include:

  • The initial call to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone line requesting service to Mr. Fortson’s apartment complex;
  • A 9-1-1 call for service that occurred in proximation to the shooting; 
  • The incident report completed at the time of the shooting; and, 
  • CAD notes.

Florida Statutes dictate what information can be made publicly available at this time as the investigation into this tragic incident remains ongoing; therefore, the records will be released in a redacted format with the statutory exemption cited. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to transparency and accountability, as we work to determine the facts and to take appropriate action. 

To that end, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has proceeded with its administrative internal affairs investigation with the consent of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is responsible for the required criminal investigation into this incident. 

This remains an incredibly difficult time for everyone in Okaloosa County. We continue to hold Mr. Fortson’s family and friends in our prayers. We are also thinking of our deputy and his family; and, we are grateful to our dedicated team for their unwavering commitment to our community. 

For access to these records, please contact our Public Records Division at Your patience as we work to provide timely access to requested records is greatly appreciated.