Update: Deputies Shoot Armed Man In Indialantic
By Space Coast Daily // January 14, 2013
Suspect Refused To Drop Weapon
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA – A 49-year-old man is dead following an incident Sunday night in Indialantic in which he was shot by Brevard County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Lt. Tod Goodyear said that at about 5:42 p.m., deputies responded to 700 N. Shannon Avenue in Indialantic to assist the Indialantic Police Department who were investigating an aggravated assault which had just occurred.
According to a 911 call received by the Indialantic Police Department, the sole resident of the house had assaulted family members with a knife.
Goodyear said that as the deputies and an Indialantic Police Officer attempted to make contact with the suspect, he confronted them while armed with a knife.
The deputies responded to the threat, firing their duty weapons at the suspect, who was struck and subsequently died at the scene.
Goodyear said the suspect has been identified as 49-year-old Christopher Greer, who lived at the Shannon Avenue address.
The deputies involved in the incident are Corporal Jim Haman and Deputy Diomedis Canela. Both deputies are veterans of the Sheriff’s Office who are currently assigned on patrol at the South Precinct.
The death investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an independent and parallel investigation regarding the use of deadly force.
The deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Goodyear said this is a common practice anytime a deputy is involved in a line-of-duty shooting.