Keenan Finkelstein is accused of shooting a deputy sheriff in the leg.
Finkelstein is using Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law as his defense, notes the Pensacola News-Journal.
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Deputy Sgt. Shedrick Johnson and other officers were searching for a robbery suspect in Pensacola, Fla. on March 20, 2013.
Police saw Finkelstein walk out from the garage of a home where the suspect, Jonathan Chappell, was living.
Sgt. Johnson, who was hiding behind a tree, told Finkelstein that he was a sheriff’s deputy.
However, Finkelstein pulled a gun and shot Sgt. Johnson in the leg.
Finkelstein claims that he fired the gun after someone shined a light at him, told him to put his hands up, shot a weapon, but did not identify as law enforcement, noted WEAR-TV.
Judge Terry Terrell ruled today that Finkelstein could not use “Stand Your Ground” as his defense and the criminal trial would proceed.