Published: Jul 04, 2012 12:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 04, 2012 3:35 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, FL - In the aftermath of a deputy involved shooting along I-75, Lee county Sheriff Mike Scott commented on a reporter's question regarding a rise in violent crime.

The Sheriff responded, " We know that 99 percent of it is black on black crime in the Dunbar community in the 33916 area code."

That comment lead some to criticize the Sheriff saying the comments were insensitive and unprofessional. Sheriff Scott respoded saying he was simply stating facts regarding trends in crime and that his remarks had no derrogatory racial meaning.