Sheriff Ivey Issues Statement On Courthouse Incident

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BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF SPECIAL VIDEO UPDATE

UPDATE: MARCH 4, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey issued this statement about the incident at the Viera Courthouse on Friday, Feb. 28.

UPDATED POST: MARCH 1, 2014

Robert Striffler Gunman Killed At Viera Courthouse

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has identified Robert Striffler, 51, as the man with a gun who was shot and killed by the BCSO SWAT team yesterday at about 12:45 p.m. outside the courthouse in Viera.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office has identified Robert Striffler, 51, as the man with a gun who was shot and killed by the BCSO SWAT team yesterday at about 12:45 p.m. outside the courthouse in Viera.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has identified Robert Striffler, 51, as the man with a gun who was shot and killed by the BCSO SWAT team yesterday at about 12:45 p.m. outside the courthouse in Viera.

Witnesses said Striffler was first seen outside the courthouse holding a handgun at about 10:15 a.m. Friday morning. Sheriff’s Deputies then confronted him, and he pulled out a handgun from a bag.

Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the BCSO SWAT team then arrived at the courthouse and began trying to negotiate with Striffler who was uncooperative, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Striffler

Robert Striffler (BCSO image)

During the standoff, the Brevard County Sheriff sent in the department’s robot to assess the situation as Striffler had his handgun in the open. The SWAT team members then used a stun gun in an attempt to arrest Striffler, who responded in a threatening manner, forcing Deputies to fire, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, both the FBI and Sheriff’s agents investigated Striffler for making recent bomb threats two weeks ago, including setting off bombs at the Brevard County Courthouse.

Sheriff Ivey also said that one of Striffler’s relatives warned authorities that he was “coming to do harm” at the courthouse on Friday morning.

According to the Brevard County Clerk of Courts, Striffler has been arrested and charged with numerous misdemeanors.

ABOVE VIDEO: Sheriff Wayne Ivey briefs reporters after a gunman was shot and killed by the SWAT team at the Brevard courthouse in Viera on Friday.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – A man with a gun was shot and killed by the Brevard County Sheriff SWAT team today at about 12:45 p.m. outside the courthouse in Viera.

The man has not yet been identified. Witnesses said he was first seen outside the courthouse holding a handgun at about 10:15 a.m. this morning. Sheriff’s Deputies and SWAT team were called to the scene and the man was shot after a two and a half hour standoff.

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ABOVE VIDEO: Sheriff Wayne Ivey briefs reporters on the Brevard courthouse gunman situation in Viera.

ABOVE VIDEO: An eyewitness talks about seeing the man who pulled a gun in the Brevard court house today in Viera.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Viera High School and Viera Charter School have been ordered locked down this morning due to a man with gun at Brevard County Courthouse on Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.

BREAKING-NEWS-SCD-180-13Authorities report that no shots have been fired at this time.

Jury selection is underway inside the courthouse in the trial proceedings in the shooting of Brevard County Deputy Barbara Pill. It’s unknown at this time if the two are related.

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