Cocoa Man Injured After Being Shot By Police Officer Overnight, FDLE Investigating

By  //  December 11, 2018

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officer responded to 623 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a Tuesday morning shooting that involved a Cocoa Police officer who shot a 54-year-old man while responding to a call involving suspicious activity.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a Tuesday morning shooting that involved a Cocoa police officer who shot a 54-year-old man while responding to a call involving suspicious activity.

According to police, the man shot has been identified as Keith Seal. Police say he was wounded and is currently being treated at the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

According to the preliminary investigation, dispatchers received a call around 4:33 a.m. Tuesday morning from a person concerned that they had not seen their loved one in several days.

The caller wanted to speak with an officer, so Officer Xzevies Baez responded to the call at 623 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa.

“A short time later, Officer Baez reported he fired shots and the person was wounded,” said Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.

“Officer Baez has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is protocol following a police-involved shooting.”

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Agents with the FDLE were immediately called to assume the investigation into the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Officer Baez was not injured in the incident and has been with the department since May 1, 2017.

“We will make sure there is a fair, and thorough investigation into this incident,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe.

“There is a significant impact to the officer when he or she is put in a situation in which there is a use of force. We want to make sure the officer has the emotional and psychological support needed to get through the process. We are also making sure all the necessary questions are fairly resolved in this incident.”

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