Deputy Shoots, Kills Dykeman During Traffic Stop
By Space Coast Daily // June 16, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Benjamin Mayolas Dykeman was shot and killed by Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy James Harrison at about 4 a.m. this morning during a traffic stop near Sabal Elementary School on Wickham Road in Melbourne.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Account:
This morning at approximately 4:11 a.m., Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy James Harrison observed Benjamin Mayolas Dykeman, 31, driving erratically and attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle, a Honda Accord.
Dykeman initially pulled over in the area of Sabal Elementary School on Wickham Road in Melbourne. As Harrison was walking up to the vehicle, the Dykeman accelerated striking the deputy’s vehicle as he fled from the scene.
The fleeing Dykeman then crashed his vehicle into a power pole at the intersection of Regency and Wickham Road, where Harrison again attempted to approach the vehicle.
Dykeman disregarded the deputy’s commands and intentionally operated the vehicle in a dangerous manner that caused the deputy to fear that he would be struck if he did not take immediate action.Harrison discharged his firearm, striking the driver. Dykeman fled the scene and crashed into a tree at the east end of Regency Drive. After his vehicle became disabled, Dykeman then fled the scene on foot.
Dykeman was located and apprehended in the entryway of an apartment complex located at 1093 June Drive after being tracked by a Melbourne Police K-9. He was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he later died as a result of his injuries.
Dykeman, of Melbourne, has a criminal history including previous arrests for Driving While License Revoked, Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.
Harrison is a 13-year veteran of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned as a patrol deputy in the South Precinct.
The death investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an independent and parallel investigation regarding the use of deadly force.
In a prepared statement, Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker stated, “Our deputies are trained to respond to life and death situations and are forced to make split second decisions in the worst situations to protect themselves and others. Deputy James Harrison is a highly respected and professional law enforcement officer who was forced to deal with a deadly threat. We are thankful that no other persons were injured or killed as a result of the suspect’s actions and we extend our most sincere condolences to the Dykeman family.”
Harrison has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is a common practice anytime a deputy is involved in a line-of-duty shooting.