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09/28/2019, 15:16:16

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Self-defense shooting at Gulf Breeze home ruled justified

Kristie Henderson
3-3 minutes

Self-defense shooting at Gulf Breeze home ruled justified

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — The State Attorney’s Office has announced a decision after a Santa Rosa County man shot and killed his son in April.

The Office says the shooting death of Erich Gunter Reitz has been deemed justified and no charges will be filed.

On April 30, officials say Reitz stabbed both of his parents multiple times at their home at Blair Circle.

The father then shot Reitz, who authorities say later died at a hospital.

Reitz’s parents told the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office their son had a history of mental illness and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychosis.

Reitz was previously employed as a law enforcement officer with the Niceville Police Department for several years. He was terminated in February 2018 following an incident where Reitz “began exhibiting erratic behavior and was subsequently Baker Acted.”

The day before the stabbing incident, the State Attorney’s Office says Reitz admitted to his father that he’d stopped taking his medication 10 days prior.

On the day of the incident, a report states Reitz was acting agitated and erratic, calling his parents “the devil” and the “son of Lucifer.”

Reitz reportedly went into his bedroom that day and asked his father to come and help him with his phone. When his dad walked into the room, Reitz said things like “devil be gone,” flipped open a knife and stabbed his father several times.

When Reitz’s mother heard screaming, she went to check on things, where officials say Reitz stabbed her in the chest.

The mother was able to grab a phone and call 911.

A report claims Reitz then lunged at his father, who remembered he had his firearm still in his pocket. While still on the floor, he grabbed the gun and fired it multiple times at Reitz. The report goes on to say the father continued to fire the gun as Reitz moved past him into the hallway until his son was out of sight.

The father said he didn’t know how many times he fired his gun, but believed it was necessary to “stop the threat in any way he could.”

When an autopsy was performed, eight gunshot wounds were found on Reitz.

All three were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Reitz's mother and father were able to recover.

The State Attorney’s Office says based on the circumstances, the use of deadly force against Reitz was reasonable and justified.





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