Barricaded Melbourne Shooter Faces 23 Counts of Attempted Murder On Law Enforcement Officer
By Space Coast Daily // January 7, 2016
Michael T. Taylor, 47, Opened Fire On Police
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – After a nearly 12-hour stand-off, Melbourne Police arrested a man responsible for shooting at multiple officers following a domestic violence incident
At around 11:14 p.m. Wednesday night, Melbourne Police officers responded to a residence at the Coral Gardens Condominiums after receiving a report of a domestic battery.
“A family member of Michael T. Taylor stated that Taylor had beaten her and threatened her life with a firearm,” said Sgt. Sheridan Shelley of the Melbourne Police Department.
“The victim, along with another family member, were able to exit the apartment as officers responded to the scene.”
Officers attempted to make contact with the 47-year-old suspect who refused to exit his home; this refusal prompted a response by the Melbourne Police SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams.
After continuous attempts to have Taylor surrender to police, gunshots rang out from the residence at 1:04 a.m.
Over the next several hours, Taylor would use a combination of firearms to exchange gunfire with officers who held a perimeter around his home.
The gunfire resulted in damage to vehicles parked in the lot (including police vehicles), apartment walls and windows, according to Sgt. Shelley.
No officers were struck by gunfire.
At 10:30 a.m., the suspect walked out the front door of the residence and surrendered to officers without further incident.
He was immediately assessed for injuries and transported to a local hospital for a more complete medical evaluation. The suspect had superficial wounds to his hand and abdomen.
During this incident, some residents of the complex were evacuated, and with the assistance of the American Red Cross, were temporarily sheltered at the neighboring Brunswick Harbour Lanes bowling alley.
Additional law enforcement resources were provided by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Taylor’s criminal charges include 23 counts of Attempted Murder on a Law Enforcement Officer (with a firearm), Aggravated Assault (with a firearm) and Domestic Violence Battery.
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ABOVE MAP: At around 11:14 p.m. Wednesday night, Melbourne Police officers responded to a residence at the Coral Gardens Condominiums after receiving a report of a domestic battery.