Deputy Wright came to talk with Belcher about his 17-year-old stepson, Dale Griffin, who had reportedly confessed to breaking into the neighbor’s house. As the deputy entered Belcher’s house with the teen, Belcher came out of a back room with a 3-foot-long table leg and advanced toward the deputy. The deputy fired once or twice (reports vary), because he thought his life was in danger. Belcher’s family claims that no permission was given to enter the house, but the State Attorney’s Office decided that issue is immaterial to the question of whether Dep. Wright was justified. No confrontation between the two was reported before the incident.

ID: 1440

Victms Name: Wilburn Willie Belcher
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Race: European-American/White

City: Lakeland
County: Polk
State: FL
Zip Code: 33811
Country: United States of America

Agency: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Circumstances surrounding mental health: Deputy Wright came to talk with Belcher about his 17-year-old stepson, Dale Griffin, who had reportedly confessed to breaking into the neighbor’s house. As the deputy entered Belcher’s house with the teen, Belcher came out of a back room with a 3-foot-long table leg and advanced toward the deputy. The deputy fired once or twice (reports vary), because he thought his life was in danger. Belcher’s family claims that no permission was given to enter the house, but the State Attorney’s Office decided that issue is immaterial to the question of whether Dep. Wright was justified. No confrontation between the two was reported before the incident.

Symptoms of mental health: No

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