Keith Moses, 19, of Orlando, Florida, was arrested on Wednesday as the prime suspect in a series of apparently random shootings over the span of several hours that left three people dead and two others wounded.
As sheriff's deputies took Moses into custody, the alleged killer repeatedly screamed "I can't breathe," among other phrases while the deputies wrestled him into position on the ground so he could be handcuffed, The National Desk reported.
That particular phrase, which originated with the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who was choked to death by an officer while being arrested in New York City, has since become linked with the Black Lives Matter movement and is now routinely uttered by suspects of all races while being placed under arrest by law enforcement.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida released a three-minute bodycam video from one of the arresting deputies that showed the moments when Moses was spotted and taken into custody.
This is the moment OCSO deputies apprehended Keith Moses, who shot five people on Feb. 22, killing three: 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin, 9-year-old T’yonna Major and @MyNews13 reporter Dylan Lyons. pic.twitter.com/KS7hx1Q2V2
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 23, 2023
As can be seen in the video, the responding deputy rushed the suspect with his gun drawn and appeared to kick him in the chest to force him to the ground, at which point the deputy and others worked quickly to place handcuffs on the suspected triple murderer.
Throughout the incident, Moses repeatedly screamed "They killing me," "Let me go," and "I can't breathe" at the top of his lungs.
However, as numerous people remarked in comments to the released video if Moses was truly having trouble breathing, he wouldn't have been able to shout those phrases over and over again.
NBC News reported that, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina, the shootings began around 11 am when Moses, who was walking along a street, was offered a ride by an unsuspecting man and woman in a car. Moses reportedly got into the car and then fatally shot the woman in the back of the head before fleeing the scene.
Moses is then alleged to have returned to the scene several hours later and opened fire on a local news team covering the earlier homicide, killing the reporter and injuring the cameraman. He then ran into a nearby home and shot a woman and her 9-year-old daughter, leaving the mother hospitalized and the little girl dead.
It was shortly after that when Moses was spotted in the street in the vicinity of those several shootings and was taken down by the sheriff's deputies.
NBC News further reported that, according to the sheriff, Moses was a "known gang member" with a lengthy criminal record that dated back to when he was 14, and included a variety of crimes like armed robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, drug possession, grand theft, and weapons charges, among other things -- most of which resulted in little or no serious punishment since he was a juvenile.
Local affiliate WFLA reported that Moses waived his right to a first court appearance on Thursday but was ordered held without bond by the judge on a charge of first-degree murder for the first of his three alleged victims, 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin, who had been sitting in the car and had offered Moses a ride.
Moses pleaded not guilty to that charge, and the outlet noted that it is expected that he will soon face additional charges for the murders of the 24-year-old reporter and 9-year-old girl, as well as the other two victims he wounded -- the little girl's mother and the reporter's cameraman -- in his hours-long random shooting spree.