I was on the phone with a spokesman with the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. and he said that there isn't much to update on the incident that went down at DeShawn Stevenson's Orlando home early Monday morning. I can answer a few questions some of you may have:
-At this point, the investigation remains open and detectives are looking into whether someone inside DeShawn's house or oustide (where Ronnie Milsap and Brandon Hunter were) returned fire and hit Curtis Ruff after he opened fire to begin with. However, Stevenson, Milsap and Hunter have declined to press charges and Ruff isn't talking to investigators either. He could have been hit by a ricochet, he could have shot himself or he could have been shot by someone else.
-The spokesman, Jim Solomons, explained to me that Florida has a "no victim, no crime" law meaning that if charges aren't pressed against Ruff by someone who is a witness, officials can't arrest him.
-I asked Solomons why he thinks Stevenson and co. are not pressing charges and he said: "There could be several reasons. They could fear retaliation - Curtis Ruff has a history of criminal activity, this guy is no stranger to police - or they could just want to see the whole matter dropped so they can move on or, it's possible that they fear that an investigation would reveal something they don't want revealed so there are several factors at work here." That said, Solomons said investigatros are "frustrated" over a lack of cooperation in the case.
-Solomons could not confirm or deny that a house next to Stevenson's was hit by bullets (someone claiming to be his neighbor said that their home was hit in the comments section of my last blog) but he said it would not be "unlikely" given the closeness of Stevenson's home to others.
-I haven't spoken with DeShawn yet but I did speak to someone close to him last night and he said DeShawn was "shaken" by the whole thing. The person swore that DeShawn was home minding his business when this whole thing went down and didn't know what was going on until Milsap and Hunter ran into the house telling him to get down. The person I spoke with also made it clear that DeShawn had no idea who Ruff was before the incident and neither did Milsap/ Hunter. That vibes with the police report's statement that Ruff followed Milsap and Hunter into the gated community where Stevenson lives.
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