Police said Provost opened the door and pointed an airsoft gun — a nonlethal weapon that looks real — at the officers, police said.
Officers told Provost to put down the gun, but he didn't, they said. Officers Sonja Saunders and Tino Cruz shot at Provost, who fell to the floor. A neighbor, a military veteran, came out with a gun, but he put it on the ground when asked, according to police.
Officer Sonja Saunders told the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that Provost got up and started running toward her and the neighbor's gun. She shot Provost dead. The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing by the state attorney’s office.
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