Fatal police-involved shooting last year ruled justified

Posted at 7:03 AM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 08:13:59-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Brand new details have been released about a deadly shooting in northeast Cape Coral involving a police officer late last year.

Back in October 2015, an officer killed 34-year-old Rolly Thomas during a SWAT standoff at his home on Northeast 43rd Lane.

Investigations by the Cape Coral Police Department and the State Attorney's Office found that the officer's actions were justified. The department says Thomas opened fire on police, forcing one of them to return fire, killing Thomas.

The investigation revealed that at the time he was shot by the officer, Rolly Thomas was holding his infant son in his arms, "as a hostage."  Officers were unaware at the time of the child's presence, since the child was held out of view, and the child suffered a wounded thigh from gunfire.

Thomas' estranged girlfriend and three children were safety removed from the home.