WELAKA, Fla. -- First Coast News obtained one of the last videos taken of Alfred Dobson, during his 35th birthday party.
"I talk to him. I talk his language. He calms down he's back to normal. No problems," said friend Mayfield Pates Sr.
But Thursday night, Dobson's family called 911 asking for help. Family and friends say Dobson has mental issues and things escalated when police arrived.
This is where friends say Dobson got into a fight with a deputy. Later, a Sheriff's Office spokesman says at least one deputy fired shots that killed Dobson.
"If you push him into a corner, you got to come with me. He don't understand commands. But he understands if you just talk to him," Pates said.
Family and friends say Dobson did not have a weapon. We're waiting to hear back from the sheriff's office the main reason for the pulling the trigger. His cousin Justin Adams called the shooting unnecessary and arrived shortly after it happened.
"They knew they was wrong. It was overkill. They could have hit him with one bullet in the arm," Adams said.
The deputies are now on standard administrative leave and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating the shooting.
First Coast News