Florida officer charged in shooting that left man paralyzed when he meant to use stun gun

A police officer in Florida was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor Friday in a 2021 service-weapon shooting that left a man paralyzed when he meant to use a stun gun,

authorities said. Henry Andrews, 49, an officer with Hollywood police, faces a charge of culpable negligence, inflicting actual personal injury, for the July 3, 2021,

shooting of Michael Ortiz, according to a statement from Broward County State Attorney Harold F. Pryor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail, the

statement said. Hollywood police were not immediately reached Friday afternoon. Jermey Kroll, an attorney who is representing Andrews, said in a statement his client

did not intentionally hurt Ortiz. “Henry Andrews has been a dedicated public servant for 20 years. In responding to a difficult and chaotic situation, Officer Andrews

intended to deploy his taser and mistakenly discharged his firearm. There was absolutely no intent to harm in this case,” Kroll said. “He and his family continue to have Mr. Ortiz

in their thoughts and prayers.”  A review of the shooting earlier this year determined the officer who fired a gun and struck Ortiz in the back, meant to use a stun

gun. Ortiz called 911 reporting chest pains while making suicidal comments and saying he had taken narcotics, police said in a statement. As he was waiting for police

officers to arrive, Ortiz emerged from his sixth-floor apartment “naked, combative with the paramedics and visibly agitated,” authorities said, adding that Ortiz told them he

planned to jump from a balcony.