FDLE Investigates Pensacola Shooting Incident

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating a July 14 shooting incident involving the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The incident occurred during a traffic stop conducted by Trooper Michael Black near Longleaf Drive in the 7000 block of Pine Forest Road in Pensacola, Fla. Preliminary investigative findings indicate that both the subject and trooper discharged their firearms.

The incident resulted in the death of Clifton Austin Salter, 60, of Cantonment, Fla. Salter died at the scene. FDLE was asked by the FHP to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting. The investigation is being conducted by FDLE’s Pensacola Regional Operations Center.

The District 1 Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy. Preliminary autopsy findings indicate that Salter received multiple gunshot wounds, one of which appears to be self-inflicted.

FDLE will continue to investigate the incident to determine the sequence of events. The investigative findings will be provided to the Office of State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001