NR 17-38 Sheriff’s Office Investigating Merritt Island Shooting
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death that occurred during the early morning hours of July 5, 2017, at 1020 Loring Street, Merritt Island.
Deputies were contacted shortly after midnight after receiving a disturbance call from a concerned neighbor. Upon arrival, the Deputies discovered an unsecured residence with blood. Shortly after the initial call, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from Cape Canaveral Hospital advising they had received a victim with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with 36-year-old, Roger Petrocelli. The wife and victim was identified as 35-year-old, Stacy Petrocelli. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The investigation to date has determined that the couple returned home on Loring Street after attending a Fourth of July party. After returning home, Mr. Petrocelli began handling a firearm when it allegedly discharged, striking his wife who was seated in the area. Mr. Petrocelli then transported his wife to the hospital for medical treatment.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate this case, and at this time no charges have been filed.
The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office and the results of the autopsy are pending.
Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Wendy Wheeler 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 the caller may remain anonymous.
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594.