Suspect Surrenders After Six-Hour Standoff In Palm Bay
By Space Coast Daily // July 15, 2012
Injured Officer Shot In Jaw
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – A man who shot and wounded a Palm Bay Police officer was take into custody early Sunday morning following a six-hour standoff at 1785 Sea Grape Street NE in Palm Bay.
Mark Clark, 55, faces two charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault.
Palm Bay Police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said that at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday Officer James Bearden and Officer Shane Carroll went to Clark’s home to arrest him for an aggravated assault that occured the day before involving his family members.
According to the victims, Martinez said, Clark threatened to kill them and any law enforcement officer attempting to intervene.
When officers arrived at the home, they reported having a brief conversation with the suspect before he opened fire.
Officer Bearden was wounded in the left side of his jaw. He was treated and released from the hospital.
Officer Carroll injured his elbow when he fell as he was returning fire.
Clark then barricaded himself in the home and was believed to be heavily armed.
SWAT teams from Palm Bay and Brevard County responded along with crisis negotiators. Communication with the suspect was intermittent for several hours until he finally agreed to surrender at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday.
Clark was not injuured during the incident.