Money is being raised for a now former DeLand police officer who was fired after he ran over and killed a suspect with his patrol car in May.
A grand jury was given the case but decided that former Officer James Harris would not face any charges.
His supporters raffled off an AR-15 rifle to raise money for his defense fund Sunday evening.
Tickets were sold for $5 at several DeLand businesses.
More than a dozen people showed up to Ed Stone Park, which is next to the Whitehair Bridge, to buy last-minute raffle tickets and see the drawing.
However, the drawing for the winning raffle ticket was held on a pontoon boat, out of the sight of spectators, under the Whitehair Bridge on the St. Johns River in DeLand.
Organizers briefly addressed the small crowd from their pontoon boat, telling them that they would call the winner.
Marlon Brown’s family members said they were surprised by the fundraiser and angered by the fliers’ version of what happened.
“While he was attempting in good faith to fulfill his duties Officer James Harris was involved in an on-duty incident after the suspect came towards his vehicle which resulted in the accidental collision resulting in the tragic death,” the flier read.
Brown’s family has called for an independent investigation because they said the medical examiner's report doesn't match the video evidence -- dash cam video recently released to the public.
Brown’s family believes there is enough evidence for Harris to face felony vehicular homicide charges.
In the video, you can see Brown, who was running from police for a suspected seatbelt violation, is hit and run over by Officer Harris’ patrol car.
Jack Bundy was the first person to show up for the fundraiser Sunday.
He said he was there to support Harris and for a chance to win the AR-15 rifle.
The case is becoming more known, he added.
“I think there’s probably beginning to be more now than there were before because it’s coming back to life. I think a lot of people thought that it was handled,” said Bundy. “The family got a settlement and that things were quieting down. Now it seems it’s starting to come back to life again, like I said. There’s more people aware of it now on both sides.”
Brown’s family reached a $550,000 settlement with the City of DeLand.
Any extra money not used for Harris’ legal fees will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, organizers said.
There is no word on how much money was raised for the former officer.