A Florida cop indicted for shooting a man who was walking with an unloaded air rifle is invoking the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law in a bid to avoid trial.

Broward Sheriff’s deputy Peter Peraza argues in a court document that he should be immune from prosecution in the death of Jermaine McBean and asked for a hearing to determine if the case should be dismissed.

A grand jury indicted Peraza on a manslaughter charge in December. He was the first law enforcement officer in the county to face charges for shooting a civilian on duty since 1980.

“This is a textbook case for ‘Stand Your Ground,'” Peraza’s lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, said Thursday. “What my client was doing was defending himself, defending other deputies and defending the public.”

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