One dead following Palmetto officer-involved shooting

- Evelyn Randall lives right across the street from the Old Memphis Cemetery. It's where 32-year-old Anthony Robinson led police to on an early morning foot chase.

"He always had a smile on his face," she said. "You know, a happy-go-lucky man, and like I said, he was always respectful to me and a lot of other people that I know."

But the bullet holes puncturing this home on 5th Avenue West paint a very different picture.  Palmetto police say Robinson's father called them after his son fired multiple shots into his home just after 1:30 Monday morning.

Robinson's father gave police a description of the car his son was driving, and police saw him flee the scene. He refused to stop and led officers on a chase that ended when Robinson crashed at Bayshore Road and 8th Avenue West.

He again fled, this time on foot and with a gun in hand, into the Old Memphis Cemetery.

That's where another shooting took place. Robinson was shot multiple times, and was transported to Blake Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Chief Scott Tyler says officers were following police protocol.

"The appearance is that they were," said Chief Tyler. "I don't want to pre-judge one way or another. I'm anxious to hear what FDLE has to say about their independent investigation."

Police say it's unclear whether or not Robinson fired at the officers.

"We know that Mr. Robinson did have a firearm, and again, I think we all need to wait for FDLE to complete its investigation and we can get some answers on what exactly happened in the cemetery," said Chief Tyler.

The two officers involved were Cpl. Angel Uruchima and Officer Madison Peters. Both were placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of FDLE's investigation.

"It's easy to say the police overreacted, but we're also dealing with a very violent crime that had just occurred and this is the individual that perpetrated it," added Chief Tyler.

Police said one of the patrol cars did have a camera. It likely only captured the car chase and not the shooting at the cemetery.

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