Body of US Airman Fatally Shot by Florida Deputy Returned to Georgia

By Bo Beard | May 17, 2024

The body

The remains of Roger Fortson, a 23-year-old active-duty U.S. airman who was tragically shot by a Florida deputy, were delivered to his family. 

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The body was transported to Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday afternoon. 

The senior airman

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The senior airman lost his life when he was shot by an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy while responding to a reported "disturbance in progress" on May 3. A video shared by Ben Crump, the renowned civil rights attorney representing the family, shows Fortson's casket draped in the American flag, honoring his service and sacrifice.