WATCH: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Commends Deputies’ Response to Extremely Violent Armed Assault
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // September 1, 2021
SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: Deputies are true heroes
WATCH: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey provided this video update on the deputy-involved shooting that occurred Monday in West Melbourne. “As I have said several times before…if you point a gun at one of my Deputies you just guaranteed yourself a trip to one of three locations…the hospital, the morgue, or if you are real lucky…the hospital and jail!” said Sheriff Ivey.
SHERIFF IVEY: This suspect is a perfect example of what is wrong with our Criminal Justice System as he is a Registered Career Criminal with 23 felony arrests and 17 misdemeanor arrests for narcotics trafficking, aggravated assault with a weapon, robbery with a firearm, battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and attempted first-degree felony murder.
Hello everyone I’m Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and I wanted to give everyone an update on the Deputy-Involved Shooting that happened in West Melbourne.
First and foremost, I am extremely pleased to share with our citizens that both of our Deputies that were involved in the incident are doing well and we are extremely grateful for the calls, texts, and prayers they have received from citizens, co-workers, and other agencies. As I always tell everyone we are blessed to serve as law enforcement officers in Brevard County as our citizens love us and today is a perfect example of just how true that statement is!
While both of our Deputies were involved in the Deputy-Involved Shooting, thankfully only one of them sustained injuries and I am relieved to share with you that while he was shot in the line of duty, his injuries are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.
I had a chance to speak with both of them and to share with them how proud I am for the way they responded to this extremely violent thug who ambushed and attempted to kill both of our Deputies as well as put other lives at risk, including a 2-month-old baby who was in the backseat of the car where the suspect first began firing from.
This incident started around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon when one of our Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle off of U.S. 192 just west of Interstate 95 in West Melbourne. In the very initial stages of the traffic stop, a second Brevard County Deputy arrived on the scene and began to assist with addressing three occupants of the vehicle.
I promise you that when we release the dash camera footage from this Deputy-Involved Shooting you are going to be outraged that this disgusting and vile individual was out on our streets and you’re also going to be extremely proud of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for how they responded to this extremely violent encounter.
At one point during the traffic stop, the passenger in the back seat of the car where the 2-month-old baby was contained, was asked to exit the vehicle at which time he immediately exited and produced a short stock rifle which he began firing at the Deputy closest to him.
As this is still an active and very fluid investigation with multiple interviews left to be conducted, I won’t go into specific details of what took place other than to say that one of our Deputies was immediately shot by the suspect in the lower leg, at which time both Deputies returned fire in an effort to save their own lives, protect the others at the scene, and the 2-month-old baby in the rear of the car that was directly in the middle of the shootout.
The suspect was the initial aggressor in this case as he concealed his weapon until he exited the vehicle and immediately began firing on our Deputies in an attempt to take their lives and avoid arrest as he was wanted on several warrants. As the suspect continued to violently engage our Deputies, he concealed himself multiple times behind the cars and eventually ran up behind one of our Deputies and used the butt of the rifle, to strike him multiple times in the head causing significant lacerations and tissue damage.
Our other Deputy on the scene once again engaged the suspect and shot him multiple times, eliminating the threat to himself and partner Deputy…with the suspect being subsequently pronounced dead. This suspect is a perfect example of what is wrong with our Criminal Justice System as he is a Registered Career Criminal with 23 felony arrests and 17 misdemeanor arrests for narcotics trafficking, aggravated assault with a weapon, robbery with a firearm, battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and attempted first-degree felony murder.
This career criminal was actually out on bond and on our streets where he could attempt to kill our Deputies and put other lives at risk when he should have been locked safely behind bars a long time ago where he couldn’t victimize another citizen or innocent bystander. Why is a thug with this kind of criminal history even given a bond where he can be out on our streets to harm someone else?
In the days to come, our Agents will conclude the pertinent interviews in this case and I promise you that when we release the dash camera footage from this Deputy-Involved Shooting you are going to be outraged that this disgusting and vile individual was out on our streets and you’re also going to be extremely proud of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for how they responded to this extremely violent encounter, that if not for their very quick actions, could have ended differently with us attending the funerals of two Deputies and a useless thug still on the loose to kill someone else.
I could not be more proud of both of our Deputies as they are true heroes who not only saved each other’s lives but also the lives of the other two occupants of the vehicle and a two-month-old baby that were all in harm’s way because of this violent and evil individual who’s name I will not mention because he doesn’t deserve to have his ten minutes of fame…he deserves exactly what he got and now he can’t ever again harm anyone else!
As I have said several times before…if you point a gun at one of my Deputies you just guaranteed yourself a trip to one of three locations…the hospital, the morgue, or if you are real lucky…the hospital and jail!
I want to close tonight by commending our team for the very professional way they managed this crisis today!! As I always say…”I am surrounded by an amazing team who do amazing things every day to protect our community and represent our agency with pride and honor.
And of course, I want to personally thank our citizens and fellow law enforcement agencies for all of their calls of support and prayers. You have no idea what it means to me and our team to have a community around us that loves us so much and appreciates what we do!
As the investigation continues to develop we will have additional details about the incident and will do everything we can to keep you updated.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
ORIGINAL STORY: Cocoa Man Identified in Deputy-Involved Shooting in West Melbourne
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has identified the dead suspect involved in Monday’s deputy-involved shooting incident that occurred in West Melbourne as 38-year-old Paris Wilder of Cocoa.
Wilder was a registered Career Offender with 40 previous arrests including 23 felony arrests for charges that included: Robbery with a Firearm, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, multiple narcotics offenses, Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer, and Attempted First Degree Felony Murder.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says Wilder was out on bond for two felony drug charges and had two active felony warrants at the time of the incident.
The preliminary investigation has determined that on Monday, August 30, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of I-95 and SR 192 on a vehicle in which Wilder was a passenger.
During the traffic stop, an additional deputy arrived on the scene and began assisting with the three adult occupants of the vehicle.
When the suspect was asked to exit the vehicle, Wilder immediately opened the door armed with a rifle and began shooting at the deputies.
Deputies returned fire in an effort to save their own lives, as well as the lives of others at the scene, which included a 2-month-old infant located in the rear of the suspect vehicle.
During the exchange of gunfire, one deputy was shot in the lower leg and sustained a non-life-threatening injury.
The injured deputy was also attacked by Wilder with multiple strikes to the head with the butt of the rifle, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
As the attack on the injured deputy continued, the original deputy was able to end the threat by using deadly force and shooting Wilder.
WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael DeMorat conducts a press conference after a Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot in the leg, and one person was killed, during a traffic stop on Monday afternoon in West Melbourne.
The injured deputy was taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
The investigation is active and ongoing at this time with the names of the deputies not being released. Both deputies are on paid administrative leave, as is customary in all deputy-involved shootings.
Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the State Attorney for review.
Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to please call Agent Don Reynolds 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.