Update: Two days after the shooting, the Delray Beach Police Department confirmed that the victim, Khamis Shatara, is the son of PBSO Deputy Shatara K. Shatara.
An off-duty PBSO deputy shot and killed one of his own relatives on Christmas Eve, but police are mum on details, releasing only minimum info about the victim -- a 21-year-old named Khamis Shatara, who apparently wanted to be a cop.
The shooting happened in Delray Beach, and the deputy has been detained by that city's police department, reported WPTV. For two days after the shooting, the name of the deputy who took his own relative's life was not released by police or the local TV news station, which says it's withholding it out of respect for the family. That kind of courtesy is not usually given to regular, nonpolice folks arrested for crimes, but hey -- it's Christmas.
However, late Friday afternoon, Sgt. Nicole Guerriero confirmed to New Times that the name of the deputy who killed his son is Shatara K. Shatara.
As for the victim, Khamis Shatara appears to have been a criminal justice major at Palm Beach State College who idolized police. He was recently quoted in that college's newspaper, and a Pinterest account matching Khamis' name and photo contains several memes honoring police officers. Eerily, one of those memes shows a cop firing a gun at point-blank range.
At 2:30 p.m. Friday, Delray Beach PD confirmed that Shatara is the son of the deputy who killed him. Later Friday, the name of the deputy was confirmed by New Times.
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