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Funeral plans have been announced for a US pilot who was shot and killed by a Florida sheriff’s deputy

New details have emerged about funeral plans for the 23-year-old American pilot who was killed by a Florida sheriff’s deputy.

Metro Atlanta native Roger Fortson was shot and killed by an Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy.

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Channel 2’s Audrey Washington lived on WSB Tonight at 11pm at New Birth Cathedral in DeKalb County, where burial will take place.

On Thursday afternoon, the nation watched this bodycam video that showed the last seconds of airman Roger Fortson’s life.

“We are doing what we can to ensure the facts of this case are fully understood,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden.

The sheriff said the deputy responded to a disturbance call at Fortson’s apartment complex.

In the video, only one second passed before the deputy shot Fortson after opening his door. Fortson can also be seen holding a gun pointed at the ground.

Fortson’s family and attorney Benjamin Crump said Fortson legally owned that gun and opened his front door with it because he heard loud banging.

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“He was trained in the use of a firearm. He is a military trained officer,” Crump said.

“I am absolutely shocked,” said Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor of New Birth Cathedral.


Pastor Bryant told Washington that Fortson’s mother is a church member. He said he played a recording of Fortson’s phone conversation with his girlfriend just before the shooting.

When asked what he heard on the recording, this is what Bryant had to say.

“Banging on the door…he’s answering the door because he’s military trained. When they first knocked, they didn’t identify themselves,” Bryant said.

Bryant said the funeral service for Fortson will take place this Friday in New Birth as the investigation into the fatal shooting continues.

“I just ask that the greater Atlanta family keep this family in their prayers,” Bryant said.

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