ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The family of a man shot by a St. Johns County
police officer December 11 is requesting an independent investigation.
cause of 64-year-old Rodney Wayne Stevens' death has been determined by
the District Medical Examiner to be a gunshot wound to the head. The
deputy who shot Stevens is 29-year-old Thomas C. Coward, according to a
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Catherine Payne release.
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Coward, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since July 2004, is currently on paid administrative leave.
Deputies say Stevens had three warrants out for his arrest: felony battery, tampering with a witness and grand theft.
were called to the home in the 300 block of Katnack Road after reports
of a person being armed and threatening others in the home.
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