NR 17-22 Deputy Involved Shooting
On April 18, 2017, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Merritt Square Mall, located at 777 East Merritt Island Causeway, at approximately 1:21 p.m. in reference to an aggressive subject at the Mall. Upon arrival, deputies located the subject who was in the rear parking lot of the mall. The subject began advancing on the deputies armed with a long metal fencing post. The suspect refused to comply with the deputy’s commands to drop the weapon and was shot by one deputy as he advanced on both deputies.
The threat was neutralized and the suspect was transported to a local hospital in serious condition where he is currently being treated.
The investigation is ongoing as Agents are interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene.
At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the names of the deputies or suspect involved in this incident. We will provide updates and further details as they become available.
The Deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave as is customary in officer involved shootings.
Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to please call Agent Troy Deavers 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 additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594.