Cocoa Police Continue Investigation of Attempted Home Invasion Shooting and Traffic Homicide

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Tavontay Jones, 22, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead

Detectives with the Cocoa Police Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate an attempted home invasion in which shots were fired last week. Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez said a separate and possibly related investigation into a traffic homicide involving Tavontay Jones, 22, above, that occurred a short time after the reported attempted armed home invasion is also continuing.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Detectives with the Cocoa Police Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate an attempted home invasion in which shots were fired last week.

There were no injuries as a result of the shooting.

Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez said a separate and possibly related investigation into a traffic homicide involving Tavontay Jones, 22, that occurred a short time after the reported attempted armed home invasion is also continuing.

“On Thursday, November 7 at 11:45 p.m., police dispatchers received a 911 call reporting someone trying to break through the front door at 807 Mediterranean Lane,” said Martinez in a release.

“The caller stated several shots were fired into the door. The caller described the suspect as a black male wearing a blue and white striped hoodie.”

The witness was not sure if the suspect fled on foot or in a vehicle.

Cocoa police patrol units immediately began canvassing the area and one officer observed a vehicle on Crestview leaving the area where the shooting occurred.

“The officer began to follow the vehicle at which time the driver sped off and began driving recklessly, attempting to avoid the officer,” said Martinez.

“The officer followed the vehicle from a distance before attempting a traffic stop. The suspect driver continued to drive recklessly at a high rate of speed through neighborhood streets.”

Martinez said that the officer continued to follow at a distance and backed off.

Jones turned eastbound on School Street where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete pole.

Responding officers approached the vehicle and attempted to render aid while calling for fire rescue to respond.  Jones was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Both investigations are ongoing and Jones’ role in the attempted armed home invasion has not been ruled out.

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