REPORT: Brevard Sheriff’s Deputy Struck By Fleeing Stolen Volkswagen, Fired on Vehicle in Self-Defense
By Space Coast Daily // January 10, 2020
deputy was taken to the hospital for treatment
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: A Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck by a fleeing vehicle on Friday afternoon, and in an effort to defend himself, fired on the vehicle as it approached.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck by a fleeing vehicle on Friday afternoon, and in an effort to defend himself, fired on the vehicle as it approached.
The deputy, whose condition has not yet been released, was transported to the hospital for treatment.
According to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tod Goodyear, the deputy observed the vehicle, which matched the description of a known stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Sav-a-Lot Foods, located at 1208 Dixon Boulevard in Cocoa.
“The deputy approached the vehicle to further investigate, at which time the driver of the vehicle allegedly accelerated driving the vehicle directly toward the deputy,” said Goodyear.
“The deputy was struck by the fleeing vehicle, which continued out of the parking lot. In an effort to defend himself as the vehicle approached, the deputy fired on the vehicle.”
The vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on Pineda Street.
A search of the surrounding area was conducted, however, the vehicle was not located.
Goodyear said the vehicle is described as a 2014 black four-door Volkswagen sedan and at the time of the incident, was occupied by two black males.
“The Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation as Agents are interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene,” said Goodyear.
“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the name of the deputy involved in this incident. We will provide updates and further details as they become available.”
Goodyear said the Deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave as is customary in officer-involved shootings.
Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to please call Agent Wendy Wheeler of 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.