UPDATE: Armed Suspect Killed After Approaching Police Officers Identified 67-Year-Old Melbourne Man
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2020
POLICE: armed suspect barricaded himself in a room inside one of the apartments
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police have released the identity of the armed suspect killed by police officers as 67-year-old Richard Lee Kampstra from Melbourne.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate the incident.
Multiple Melbourne police officers were placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting a suspect who was armed with a rifle and approached police officers following a standoff at The Preserve at Longleaf Apartments on Sunday.
According to Melbourne Police Commander Marc Claycomb, the investigation began around 5:37 p.m. when a 9-1-1 call advised two adult family members were having an altercation.
When police arrived, an armed suspect barricaded himself in a room inside one of the apartments. As back-up police officers arrived on the scene, the suspect met police carrying a rifle.
Commander Claycomb said in a release that multiple police officers fired at the suspect, killing him on-site.
“Per the Melbourne Police Department policy, the police officers who fired at the suspect have been placed on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation,” said Commander Claycomb.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6443.
Callers can also call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
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