Sheriff’s Agents Shoot, Kill Armed Suspect In Cocoa

By  //  December 27, 2014

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suspect identified as Quinten Jamal Smith of Cocoa

According to Officer Barbara Matthews of the Cocoa Police Department, Quinten Jamal Smith, 23, of Cocoa, approached a home on Clearlake Road in Cocoa at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and fired a weapon nine times into the residence during a drive-by shooting. The house was occupied by six people, including a 2-year-old child. (Cocoa Police image)

According to Officer Barbara Matthews of the Cocoa Police Department, Quinten Jamal Smith, 23, of Cocoa, approached a home on Clearlake Road in Cocoa at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and fired a weapon nine times into the residence during a drive-by shooting. The house was occupied by six people, including a 2-year-old child. (Cocoa Police image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – An armed suspect who was wanted in an overnight drive-by shooting incident was shot and killed by a Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy on Friday.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s GameOver Task Force was assisting in an investigation from the shooting incident that occurred in the unincorporated area of Cocoa on Thursday night.

According to Officer Barbara Matthews of the Cocoa Police Department, Quinten Jamal Smith, 23, of Cocoa, approached a home on Clearlake Road in Cocoa at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and fired a weapon nine times into the residence during a drive-by shooting. The house was occupied by six people, including a 2-year-old child.

Sheriff’s Agents then responded to the scene and obtained Arrest Warrants for Smith relating to six counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling.

Agents contacted Smith by telephone, and were told by Smith that he would be returning to kill the family and any law enforcement officers that tried to stop him, according to Officer Matthews.

On Friday, at about 12:45 p.m., members of the GameOver Task Force located Smith at a residence on School Street in Cocoa.

"The suspect was armed and threatened the Agent with a firearm, at which time the Agent responded to the violent threat and discharged his agency issued handgun at Smith," said Officer Matthews in a release.

“The suspect was armed and threatened the Agent with a firearm, at which time the Agent responded to the violent threat and discharged his agency issued handgun at Smith,” said Officer Matthews in a release.

“The suspect was armed and threatened the Agent with a firearm, at which time the Agent responded to the violent threat and discharged his agency issued handgun at Smith,” said Officer Matthews in a release.

Smith was declared deceased at the scene.

The Cocoa Police Department is conducting the Homicide investigation concerning the incident, and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting an independent and parallel investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office Deputy is identified as Agent Richard Clements, an eight year employee with the Sheriff’s Office, and a decorated combat Air Force veteran, according to Matthews.

“Agent Clements, who is currently assigned to the GameOver Task Force, was placed on paid Administrative Leave, which is a common practice in investigations of this nature,” said Officer Matthews.

At the shooting scene, Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe and Cocoa City Mayor Henry Parrish reached out to local faith-based leaders to facilitate an open conversation and flow of information.

The investigation is continuing at this time.

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ORIGINAL POST: December 26, 2014, 2 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Authorities have confirmed that a male suspect was shot to death during an investigation by members of Brevard County’s “GAME OVER” Task Force on Friday about 1 p.m.

The incident occurred near Pineda Street and School Street, just north of State Road 520 and west of U.S. Highway 1.

The suspect that was shot was wanted in connection with an incident on Thursday night, according to authorities.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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ABOVE MAP: The shooting incident occurred near Pineda Street and School Street, just north of State Road 520 and west of U.S. Highway 1.


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