Florida police shoot and kill bride’s uncle at wedding reception, report says

WINTER PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – The man shot dead by police at a wedding reception in Florida on Saturday night was a relative of the bride, according to reports.

Daniel Patrick Knight, 39, was at the reception to celebrate his niece’s wedding when he assaulted several other guests, according to a report by WESH 2 NEWS.

Winter Park Police Department officers were called to break up the fight, but the situation continued to escalate. Police say Knight knocked one of the officers unconscious before turning his attention to another officer. It was then that the second officer fired his gun, hitting Knight.

The 39-year-old was taken to an area hospital where he eventually died from his gunshot wound.

On Sunday, Knight’s family told WESH they strive to “let the whole truth be known” about what happened.

In a statement to the news station, the family said Knight was “a kind and gentle soul, and his only crime committed that night was drinking and having a good time with his family.”

The statement said Knight was not known to be a drinker and worked 16-hour shifts most days to support his family.

“His niece’s wedding was the first day he was able to go out and celebrate in a long time. This shooting was unjustified and we are working with a lawyer and the FDLE to bring out the full truth,” the statement added.

Both officers were taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting involving an officer.

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