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Records for shot teen are sought


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The state filed a motion Thursday requesting the medical file of Nature Coast High School senior Joseph Berrios, 18, who was shot twice by a sheriff’s deputy in late February, according to attorney and former-judge Peyton Hyslop.

The medical file was requested for Berrios’ finger and palm prints, Hyslop said, and on Wednesday Hyslop entered a plea of “not guilty.”

Berrios was still unable to appear in court, Hyslop said; however, his client’s health has been improving.

“He’s doing better,” Hyslop said about Berrios. “He may be going back to school next week.”

Berrios was charged with battering Deputy Ramona Fuhs on Candler Avenue in late February after Fuhs shot Berrios twice in his legs with one bullet passing through his lower body and exiting his buttocks and another shattering his femur bone, prompting surgery.

Fuhs was initially placed on paid administrative leave, which is protocol following use of deadly force.

However, she was cleared to return to full duty March 22, and less than a month after the shooting.

An interoffice memorandum to Deputy Fuhs dated March 19 by Col. Mike Maurer reads: “This memorandum will confirm your reinstatement to a full-duty status. The review into the incident is still pending, please govern yourself accordingly. Please meet with Capt. Cy Robinson for your assignment.”

As of Thursday, the investigation into Fuhs’ decision to use deadly force against Berrios remains open, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Berrios’ next scheduled court appearance is set for Aug. 8 in Hernando County Circuit Court.


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