Florida Deputy Roasted for Unloading Weapon and Screaming 'Shots Fired!' After Mistaking Acorn for Gunshot

The man who was inside the patrol vehicle in the 2023 shooting, thankfully, was not physically injured.

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The general ineptness of present-day policing is on full display in a swiftly-made-viral clip centered on the sound of a falling acorn.

In the footage, which stems from a November 2023 shooting in the Fort Walton Beach area of Florida, a deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office is seen firing multiple shots at his own patrol vehicle. While these shots were later claimed to have been fired due to hearing what was believed to be a gunshot, further review revealed the source of that sound to be an acorn tha fell onto the vehicle.

Inside the car was Marquis Jackson, who recently shared an extended statement on the shooting via a Facebook post, per WKRG.

“I was searched multiple times, then unlawfully handcuffed and placed into the backseat of the cop car while being strapped down by the seatbelts,” Jackson said. “A few moments later I hear an officer scream, ‘I’m hit , he’s armed!’ As soon as that was announced multiple shots were fired at me while I was stuck in the backseat.  All I could do was lean over and play dead to prevent getting shot in the head.”

According to Jackson, he wasn’t physically injured during the harrowing incident. “But mentally, I’m not okay,” he said, adding that law enforcement was attempting to “cover this up.” Jackson also noted that he was ultimately not charged with anything, despite being held "for hours."

On the morning of Nov. 12, 2023, a woman is alleged to have called the sheriff’s office regarding allegations that Jackson had taken a car, as well as texted threats. Jackson was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle operated by Jesse Hernandez, then employed as a deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Police alleged that the woman who placed the initial call also told them that Jackson “had a weapon with a silencer on it,” though no weapon was ultimately recovered at the scene. At one point, as shown in subsequently released body camera footage, Hernandez is on foot moving toward the passenger side of his patrol car when he hears what's described in a final Office of Professional Standards Administrative Investigation report as "a sound."

However, as investigators later showed Hernandez using stills taken from the footage in question, an acorn is seen entering the frame at the time of this noise. The acorn then hits the vehicle, after which Hernandez's "right hand raises into frame."

Following Hernandez’s move to fire into the vehicle, not to mention his cries of “shots fired,” Sergeant Beth Roberts also shot into the car. In the aforementioned final report, it was determined that the shooting "was not objectively reasonable."

Here's a bit more, straight from the report:

Deputy Hernandez’s response was not objectively reasonable. The only verifiable outside stimulus was the sound Deputy Hernandez interpreted as a suppressed weapon being fired, and that alone would not justify shooting into the vehicle.

Hernandez resigned from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in December.

With the footage making the usual rounds, complete with the acorn-focused context of the situation, the cop-mocking jokes (and spot-on commentary) have understandably been piling up.

See some of that in action below.

*Acorn falls on cop car*

Cop: pic.twitter.com/HcidcMCxGS

— Uncle Ritz Kracker (@TRizzyRoberts) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @TRizzyRoberts

The squirrel on top of the tree eating an acorn while the cop down there losing his mind: pic.twitter.com/bemXIIgCXm

— Hera (@HeraZeuzz) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @HeraZeuzz

Acorn hits car

Florida cops: pic.twitter.com/SYMilbUVDs

— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@DeathMetalV) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @DeathMetalV


that cop when an acorn hits his car: pic.twitter.com/8aUCqh2msR

— Henry (@seminole4life22) February 13, 2024
Twitter: @seminole4life22

The funniest part about this video isn’t that he mistook an acorn hitting his patrol car for a gunshot, barrel rolled twice, then unloaded his clip on a handcuffed and unarmed man but that he WASN’T charged and resigned out of embarrassment instead pic.twitter.com/eehJAvyV2X

— Kristi Yamaguccimane (@TheWapplehouse) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @TheWapplehouse

move over hysterical fentanyl overdoses, the new enemy of law enforcement is acorns https://t.co/8uolOPgElR

— dannyodwyer (@ DICE) (@dannyodwyer) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @dannyodwyer

If you can’t differentiate between a gunshot from a fucking acorn you shouldn’t be let outside without a helmet, let alone be in possession of a firearm https://t.co/IyZPQR73Vf

— Sesame Chiccen (@Loccdawggg) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @Loccdawggg

Perhaps we can spend less than half of a city’s budget on people who empty their guns into a residential area at the drop of an acorn. https://t.co/JadYrCt54z

— A.R. Moxon (juliusgoat.bsky.social) (@JuliusGoat) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @JuliusGoat

(drops single acorn) pic.twitter.com/JGVqYBwyJn

— Mike Schuster (@mcs212) February 14, 2024
Twitter: @mcs212

A police officer in Fort Walton Beach FL entered into a lengthy gun fight (and a couple of tactical rolls in the grass) with a squirrel after he mistook an acorn landing on the roof of his car for being shot in the chest with a silenced pistol.

He resigned. pic.twitter.com/6WARdUNXnV

— Ben (@JustAnother_Ben) February 13, 2024
Twitter: @JustAnother_Ben

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