Last Wednesday night, 28-year-old Derrick Vaccianna when to his girlfriend's house, and ended up dead, according to his grieving family members, who have hired an attorney. In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, they said Vaccianna was caught in a love triangle.
Lawyer Chuck Hobbs says text messages indicate Vaccianna was lured to his girlfriend's house at 1210 Eden Drive in Inverness.
"I have strong confirmation that she had been trying to reach out to Derrick all day, saying she wanted him to come over to the house," Hobbs said.
When Vaccianna arrived, 24-year-old Gregory Entrekin, an off-duty Citrus County Sheriff's deputy, was there as well. According to the sheriff's office, Entrekin shot and killed Vaccianna.
Initially, the sheriff's office said Vaccianna was a burglar, and the woman who lived at the home was the deputy's girlfriend.
But neighbors FOX 13 spoke with say Vaccianna and the woman lived at the house together.
Hobbs sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement demanding a thorough investigation. He wants the state to analyze Vaccianna's incoming text messages, as well as his relationship with the woman and the deputy.
Hobbs also hopes a 911 recording of a phone call Vaccianna made could help provide more clues. He said they found a partial transcript that showed Vaccianna called asking for help.
"The words specifically were '...man that off duty deputy got gun on him,' " Hobbs said.
Members of Vaccianna's family are angry he was called a burglar the night of the incident.
"He didn't deserve to die like this," his mother Dorothea said. "Derrick did not break into anyone's home."
Vaccianna's brother David choked back tears on the courthouse steps.
"I want justice to be served and everything to be looked at in the right way," he said.
Members of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office watched Tuesday's news conference. Spokeswoman Heather Yates would not speak on camera, but said the office is eager for answers and is cooperating fully with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Deputy Entrekin was hired at the sheriff's office on August 6. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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