UPDATE: Brevard Sheriff’s Deputy Wounds Armed Carjacker Douglas William Dixon of Cocoa
By Space Coast Daily // March 3, 2020
Dixon APPREHENDED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH CENTRAL BREVARD COUNTY
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey provides an update on the deputy-involved shooting incident in front of Merritt Island 7-Eleven located at State Road 520 and North Tropical Trail. The shooting was in response to an earlier carjacking robbery that occurred on Canaveral Groves Boulevard.
Carjacking Suspect Armed with 9mm Semiautomatic Firearm
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a deputy-involved shooting that took place at approximately 1:45 p.m. this afternoon in the area of State Road 520 and North Tropical Trail on Merritt Island.
According to Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting was in response to an earlier carjacking robbery that occurred on Canaveral Groves Boulevard.
“At approximately 7:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to Canaveral Groves Boulevard and met with a male who advised that he stopped to help what he believed was a disabled vehicle,” said Goodyear.
“As he exited his vehicle, two men approached, one armed with a handgun, forcing him to give up the keys to his black, Dodge Charger.”
At approximately 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, a deputy observed what he believed to be the stolen vehicle in the area of Canaveral Groves Boulevard.
As the deputy went to investigate, the vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed. Approximately ten minutes later the vehicle was spotted southbound on Interstate-95.
At that point, the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit (STAR) was able to observe the vehicle, which was still traveling at a high rate of speed.
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The vehicle traveled through Rockledge, Viera and Cocoa, before crossing the Hubert Humphrey Bridge on State Road 520 into Merritt Island.
As the vehicle crossed the bridge, stop sticks were deployed, disabling the vehicle.
The suspect ran from the vehicle and attempted to conduct an armed carjacking at a convenience store. Being unsuccessful in that attempt, the suspect entered the roadway and attempted to conduct two additional armed carjackings.
Goodyear said, during this time, an off-duty armed security guard exited his vehicle to assist the motorists in danger and confront the suspect, however, seeing a deputy approaching to address the suspect, he returned to his vehicle.
“The deputy then confronted the armed suspect firing his duty weapon, wounding the suspect who was taken into custody. The suspect was armed with a 9mm semiautomatic firearm,” said Goodyear.
According to Goodyear, the suspect was transported to a local hospital in serious, but stable condition. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.
SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AS DOUGLAS WILLIAM DIXON, 31, OF COCOA
Dixon has a previous criminal history that includes arrests for Occupied Burglary, Grand Theft, Forgery, Use of the ID of another person without consent, Fleeing and Eluding LEO during a Pursuit and Habitual Traffic Offender.
His latest arrest was on February 20, 2020, for the charges of Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Synthetic Narcotic, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Sale of Methamphetamine.
On February 26, 2020, Dixon was released on bond.
Dixon also has an active No Bond, felony warrant on the charges of Fleeing and Eluding and Habitual Traffic Offender.
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The investigation is ongoing as Agents are interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene.
At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the name of the deputy involved in this incident and will provide updates and further details as they become available.
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 Philipp Urbanetz of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413.
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