Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Merritt Island Shooting Death

By  //  January 3, 2016

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Christian Maffeo, 26, shot to death

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According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, in an attempt to scare away attackers, 26-year-old Harrison Norton (left) retrieved a firearm from the vehicle and pointed it at Christian Maffeo who was hitting the driver’s side window with his fists.  Maffeo, 26, (right) was shot to death during an altercation that started at a New Year’s Eve party on Ocean Street in Merritt Island. (BCSO images)

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting death of a Merritt Island man at around 1 a.m. Friday morning.

According to Maj. Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Christian Maffeo, 26, was shot to death during an altercation that started at a New Year’s Eve party on Ocean Street in Merritt Island.

“The investigation has revealed that an altercation ensued between the owner of the residence and the brother of Harrison Norton,” said Maj. Goodyear in a release.

“As the Norton brothers were leaving the area, several males, including Christian Maffeo, initiated a second disturbance. As the brothers entered their vehicle and attempted to drive away, their exit was blocked by the group who began causing damage to the vehicle,” said Maj. Goodyear.

In an attempt to scare away the attackers, Harrison Norton, 26, retrieved a firearm from the vehicle and pointed it at Maffeo, who was hitting the driver’s side window with his fists.

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“Maffeo broke out the window, reaching into the vehicle where he began to physically batter the victim who responded by firing the weapon, striking Maffeo who died at the scene,” said Maj. Goodyear.

The brothers then drove away from the area and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office. Homicide and Crime Scene agents have been on scene completing interviews and collecting evidence.

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Upon completion of the investigation, Agents will forward the case to the State Attorney’s Office for a determination as to any charges in this case.

Anyone with information about this Death Investigation is asked to please call Agent Wayne Simock of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633- 8413 or call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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ABOVE MAP:  Christian Maffeo, 26, was shot to death during an altercation that started at a New Year’s Eve party on Ocean Street in Merritt Island.


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