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Police sergeant fired over Trayvon Martin shooting targets

Trayvon Martin's likeness was used on a shooting target that led to the arrest of a Florida police sergeant. (Source: CNN) Trayvon Martin's likeness was used on a shooting target that led to the arrest of a Florida police sergeant. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – A Florida police sergeant accused of owning Trayvon Martin shooting targets and offering them to fellow officers was fired Friday, according to officials.

WFTV reported Sgt. Ron King, who has been working with the Port Canaveral Police Department since January 2011, was fired after an internal investigation. Port Canaveral is about an hour away from Sanford, where George Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed Martin in February 2012.

King allegedly offered the targets to two other officers while supervising a firearms training event on April 4, according to interim Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh.

The event was held at the Brevard Community College campus in Cocoa, and all the officers were on duty at the time, according to Walsh.

The two officers claimed they declined to use the targets, and there was no indication King used them.

"Whether it was his own stupidity or his hatred, we don't know," Walsh said.  "However, on any level it is not acceptable for us or anyone in society to act this way."

Walsh said he became aware of the incident Thursday, a week after the chief of police initiated an investigation.

King has seven days to appeal his termination, but Walsh said the city has no intention of accepting an appeal.

According to officials, King purchased the targets online.

"Using a dead child's image as target practice is reprehensible," said a statement from Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin's family.

Zimmerman admitted to fatally shooting Martin after a fight in his suburban neighborhood, but claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

He is currently out on bond and awaiting trial scheduled to begin in June.

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