Man Who Killed Armed Robbery Suspect Is Former Cop
By SpaceCoastDaily.com // August 24, 2013
pizza delivery man defends himself
BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed in West Melbourne, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Major Todd Goodyear, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 32-year-old Fredrick Lorenza Kelly Jr., who was shot and killed during an alleged Armed Robbery by 54-year old Byron Park, a Dominos Pizza delivery driver.
According to Goodyear, the incident occurred in the parking lot of the Days Inn motel at 4500 West New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, an area that fall in county jurisdiction shortly before midnight on August 23, 2013.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Park is a former West Melbourne police officer with a concealed weapons permit, and reported to the authorities that after delivering a pizza to a room at the Days Inn, he returned to his vehicle and was threatened by Kelly with a large knife through the car window.
According to Goodyear, Kelly demanded money from Park and threatened to kill him if he did not comply. Park obtained the firearm he carries in his vehicle and defended himself, by firing once toward Kelly, who was struck and pronounced dead at the scene. Kelly’s body was transported to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.
Fredrick Kelly Jr. has a lengthy violent criminal history that includes Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery and False Imprisonment.
“Preliminary evidence in the case demonstrates that the intended victim of the robbery acted in self defense while being robbed by a violent criminal who was armed with a knife,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. “The suspect in this investigation was released from prison in 2009, after serving a reduced sentence for similar violent crimes.”
Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call 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 for information leading to an arrest.