Christopher Deedy is a Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. On November 5, 2011, while on a temporary duty assignment in Honolulu, HI, Chris saw two men harassing a patron of a Honolulu McDonald’s. Chris responded and tried to diffuse the situation. He identified himself to the men as a federal agent and he and his friend were subsequently attacked by the men. During the altercation, Chris observed these men injure his friend, and felt he himself was going to be more seriously injured or killed, so he drew his firearm. Instead of submitting or retreating, one of the men moved in and tried to take Chris’ gun away. Chris fired his weapon in self-defense striking his attacker once in the chest. Chris promptly performed tactical field care measures, but the man later died.
For further details click here: Federal Court Pleading (declaration of counsel) pp.26-34
Chris was arrested by the Honolulu Police Department and charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Separate Felony, punishable by a term of life in prison.
He has been released on bail.
What It Costs
Being charged with a serious crime such as murder can be crippling financially. In a similar case in 2008, ATF special agent Will Clark shot and killed a man in the Virgin Islands while intervening in a domestic dispute. The Department of Justice funded his defense, which took three years and went to trial, at a cost of about $875,000. If Chris had the resources of DOJ, his case could easily cost $1 million. Unfortunately, he does not. Our goal is to raise at least $50,000 to help offset Chris’ personal expenses.
An incident like Chris’ could happen to any law enforcement officer--local, state or federal--but we can’t set a precedent for the future if Chris can’t afford to fight his battle right now. Please help Chris prove that police officers, troopers and special agents shouldn’t be charged as murderers when they stand up to defend the public and themselves.
Any funding we receive that is above what it will cost to pay for Chris’ legal fees and related costs will be donated to the Diplomatic Security Foundation and the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Foundation, two non-profit groups who help officers in need.
Other Ways You Can Help
While the biggest cost hanging over Chris’ head is the legal costs, transportation and housing are also a significant burden. If you would like to donate airline miles and/or hotel points in lieu of money, please contact us and we will walk you through the process.
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