NR 14-7 Accidental Shooting Leads To Death Of Teenager
On February 10, 2014, at approximately 4:13 p.m., deputies responded to 3648 Tomlin Drive, Cocoa, in reference to a call advising that a person had been shot at the residence. Upon arrival, deputies found 18-year-old, Reginald Von Wright Jr., of 3710 Brophy Avenue, Cocoa, unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound to his chest. Wright was airlifted to Holmes Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.
Investigators believe that Wright was accidently shot by 25-year-old, Steven Donte Speed who lives at the address where the incident took place. According to evidence uncovered thus far in the investigation, Speed was making repairs to an AR-15 rifle while seated in the living room of the residence. As he was working on the firearm, the victim entered the residence and sat on the couch across from Speed. As Speed continued handling the weapon, it discharged once, with the bullet striking the victim in the chest. Speed immediately called out to other persons in the residence to call 911. Speed provided this information during interviews conducted by agents from the Homicide Unit of the Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing with a detailed examination being conducted at the residence by the Crime Scene Unit. An autopsy is currently scheduled to take place this morning at the Medical Examiner’s office.
Once completed, the results of the investigation will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office in order to determine if any charges are applicable in this case.
A photograph of Wright and Speed are attached to this release.
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to call Agent Kirk Geweniger of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423- TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
For additional information concerning this investigations, please contact Major Tod Goodyear by pager through the Sheriff’s Office Communications (321) 633-7162.