Teenage Boy Killed By Store Owner in Martin County
Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida – December 28, 2018 – Chrishanda McMillian has retained the law firm of Shiner Law Group, P.A. in connection with the unjustified fatal shooting of her 17-year-old son, Jakeem McMillian, which took place on December 13, 2018, outside Treasure Coast Jewelry at Granada Plaza in Martin County, Florida.
Video surveillance outside of Treasure Coast Jewelry captured the unnecessary shooting. The video depicts Jakeem – a juvenile black male – running and entering the front passenger seat of a Jeep while being chased by a store employee. As the vehicle begins to exit the parking lot, former police officer, Michael Dacey – a 57-year-old white male – appears to recklessly fire gunshots at the vehicle.
Jakeem was struck in the back of the head when the bullets fired by Mr. Dacey traveled through the rear window of the vehicle as it exited the parking lot. After spending six days on life support at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Jakeem tragically died on December 19, 2018; Jakeem’s organs were donated.
According to news reports, Jakeem, while inside the store, asked to try on jewelry, and then fled the store allegedly with the jewelry on and without paying for it.
This incident is still under investigation by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and prosecutors have not yet confirmed whether charges will be filed against Mr. Dacey in connection with the shooting. News reports have stated that Mr. Dacey, in fatally shooting the minor, Jakeem McMillian, claims that he feared for his life and the life of his employee.
According to local Florida trial attorney, David Shiner, however, the surveillance video shows a completely different set of facts than those claimed by Mr. Dacey. Mr. Shiner stated “the surveillance video clearly captured Mr. Dacey taking seventeen-year-old Jakeem’s life – and at no time does the surveillance video depict any existing threat to Mr. Dacey, or his employee.” Mr. Shiner continued, “what the video shows is that Mr. Dacey unjustifiably took the law into his own hands and killed a minor when he recklessly opened fire towards a crowded street as the vehicle exited the parking lot.”
Attorney Shiner believes that the video evidence undoubtedly shows that any “threat” – whether real or perceived – to Mr. Dacey, or his employee, had ceased to exist at the time Mr. Dacey killed Jakeem.
Chrishanda McMillian – a Navy veteran and mother of the deceased teenager – stated that her son did not deserve to die. Ms. McMillian believes this is a situation where Mr. Dacey, who acted recklessly in attempting to stop Jakeem from leaving, used excessive and unjustified deadly force.
Chrishanda McMillian retained the lawyers at Shiner Law Group, P.A. to pursue a civil claim in connection with the untimely and wrongful death of her teenage son.
Memorial services for Jakeem McMillian will be held at the Word of Living God Ministries located at 149 N.W. 26th Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33069 on January 5, 2019, at 10:00am. If you want more information on the matter or other matters in which Shiner Law Group, P.A. is involved, please contact Shiner Law Group at 561-777-7700 or via email at info@ShinerLawGroup.com.