VIDEO UPDATE: Sheriff Ivey Addresses Fatal Shooting

By  //  April 23, 2013

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BREAKING NEWS

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said, “Law enforcement is a very dangerous job, which requires split second decisions. The deputies were placed in a very difficult situation and reacted appropriately to address the lethal threat. I am very thankful that no one in the community nor our deputies were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deputies, their families and the family of the decedent.”  (VIDEO BY ED PIERCE)

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04/23/13 UPDATE AT 12 NOON: POPLOS DIES OF WOUNDS

The suspect involved in the Merritt Island shooting died Monday evening at Cape Canaveral Hospital.

William Emaunel Poplos, 57, was shot and killed by deputies where he threatened them with a gun on Monday afternoon on Merritt Island. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

William Emaunel Poplos, 57, was shot and killed by deputies where he threatened them with a gun on Monday afternoon on Merritt Island. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Major Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect involved in the domestic violence incident has been identified as 57-year-old William Emanuel Poplos.  The victim is the 82-year-old fiancé; however, she is not being identified.  The couple lived at 490 Belair Avenue on Merritt Island where the incident took place.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey said: “Law enforcement is a very dangerous job, which requires split second decisions. The deputies were placed in a very difficult situation and reacted appropriately to address the lethal threat. I am very thankful that no one in the community nor our deputies were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deputies, their families and the family of the decedent.”

04/22/13 ORIGINAL POST AT 6 PM:

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff deputies, in response to a “shots fired” emergency 911 call, wounded a suspect at 490 Belair Ave. on Merritt Island this evening at about 7 p.m.

According to the 911 call, the suspect had fired several rounds within the residence. Arriving on scene, the deputies determined the incident was domestic related and were confronted by the suspect, who was armed with a handgun.

The deputies responded by firing their duty weapons at the suspect, who was struck and is in critical condition. The suspect, whose identity is not being released, was transported to the Cape Canaveral Hospital Emergency Room.

The deputies involved in the incident have not being identified and are currently assigned to patrol at the East Precinct. They have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure for a deputy involved in a line-of-duty shooting.

ONGOING INVESTIGATION

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Services. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an independent and parallel investigation regarding the use of deadly force.

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