Brevard deputy shoots, kills suspect after car chase
Brevard County, Fla- A man driving erratically and attempting to elude deputies was shot and killed Sunday when a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy feared for his life while approaching the stopped car, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.
On January 21, 2018, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop at approximately 6:11 p.m. This happened in the area of Parkway Drive and US 1, Melbourne. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver pulled away and began traveling north on US 1. The vehicle continued on without stopping and displayed a driving pattern consistent with that of an impaired driver. Stop sticks were deployed successfully disabling three tires. The driver continued northbound to the area of Viera Boulevard and US 1 where the vehicle was stopped. As deputies made contact with the driver who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, the driver displayed overt actions that resulted in the deputy responding with deadly force.
The individual was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.Then he succumbed to his injuries.
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 decedent involved in this incident. They will provide updates and further details as they become available.
The Deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave.
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.