Brevard County Deputy Fatally Shoots Erratic Driver Who Fled Traffic Stop, Made ‘Overt Actions’

By  //  January 22, 2018

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Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the names of the deputies or decedent involved in this incident

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is holding a press conference in regard to a deputy-involved shooting Sunday about 6 p.m. near Viera Boulevard and US Highway 1 in Rockledge.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents are investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting that happened Sunday night. 

According to BCSO PIO Tod Goodyear, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop at approximately 6:11 p.m. in the area of Parkway Drive and US Highway 1 in Melbourne.

“As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver pulled away and began traveling north on US 1,” said Goodyear.

“The vehicle continued on without stopping and displayed a driving pattern consistent with that of an impaired driver.”

Stop sticks were deployed successfully disabling three tires, but the driver continued northbound to the area of Viera Boulevard and US 1 where the vehicle was stopped.

“As deputies made contact with the driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, the driver displayed overt actions that resulted in the deputy responding with deadly force,” said Goodyear.

The individual was transported to a local hospital in serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing as Agents are interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene.

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the names of the deputies or decedent involved in this incident. The Deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave as is customary in officer-involved shootings.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to please call Agent Troy Deavers of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or 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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