IMMOKALEE - On Thursday afternoon (Feb. 11) the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) learned that the State Attorney’s Office has completed its independent review of a Sept. 17 officer-involved shooting on Edenfield Way in Immokalee that resulted in the death of 37-year-old Nicholas Morales Besanilla of Immokalee.
The State Attorney’s Office review determined that the use of force by Cpl. Pierre Jean was lawful and legally justifiable and they will not be filing criminal charges in the case.
In accordance with CCSO policy the Professional Responsibility Bureau will now conduct its administrative investigation to ensure that agency policies and procedures were followed during the encounter.
As promised, CCSO did release the dash-cam videos associated with the call.
SYNOPSIS: Cpl. Jean, Cpl. Nathan Kirk and Deputy Brian Tarazona responded to the Edenfield Way address after a frightened woman called 911 at 1:12 a.m. and told dispatchers that a man she did not know was banging on her door and trying to force his way inside. When deputies arrived, the man, later identified as Nicholas Morales Besanilla, 37, ignored repeated commands to get on the ground. He released the shovel, produced a shiny object later determined to be metal landscaping shears, and charged at deputies. In fear for his life and the lives of the other deputies on scene, Cpl. Jean fired four gunshots, three of which struck Morales Besanilla. Deputies rendered medical aid until EMS arrived. Morales Besanilla was transported to Naples Community Hospital, where he died.
Here is the dash-camera footage. WARNING: These videos contain graphic and disturbing content.