Convenience Store Owner Confronts Suspected Beer Thief With Gun, Owner Could Face Charges

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Cocoa Police are investigating an incident where the owner of a local convenience store may face a criminal charge in connection with a shooting that took place Wednesday morning. (Cocoa PD Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police are investigating an incident where the owner of a local convenience store may face a criminal charge in connection with a shooting that took place Wednesday morning.

At approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area of the Chevron on 6 South Cocoa Blvd., when he heard a shot fired from outside the convenience store, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.

Further investigation revealed the owner of the store was inside when a white male entered and appeared to take some beer out the door without paying, police say.

Authorities say the owner then confronted the man in the north parking lot and held the suspect at gunpoint and demanded the man return the beer. The man complied, but at some point during the confrontation the store owner fired a shot, said Martinez in a report.

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Police say the store owner declined to pursue prosecution against the suspected thief, according to police.

Detectives are compiling a case summary and will forward the information to the State Attorney’s Office for further review and determination of any criminal charges that may be applicable.

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ABOVE MAP: At approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday a Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area of the Chevron on 6 South Cocoa Blvd., when he heard a shot fired from outside the convenience store, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.


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