Man killed in deputy-involved shooting at Viera assisted living facility early Wednesday


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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said that the shooting at the assisted-living facility in Viera has left his department saddened.

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A man was shot and killed by a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy at a Viera assisted-living facility in an incident that took place early Wednesday morning, according to the BCSO.

According to a release from the BCSO, deputies responded at 6:40 a.m. to the facility, located on the 7400 block of Orchestra Lane, in reference to a man threatening to harm himself. 

When deputies arrived, they learned that the man concealed a firearm and had displayed it to an employee at the facility. 

“As our team was trying to stage and go in, they hear a single gunshot and at that point make entry. And, they encounter an individual there at the facility that had a gun in his hand, was moving the gun around at several points, pointed the gun in their direction and they, unfortunately, had to take action. The individual was shot and pronounced dead a short time later,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who held a news conference in front of BCSO’s West Precinct on Wednesday morning.

Ivey said that the deceased man was “a client at the assisted living facility.”

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, Ivey said. 

“It’s a very sad moment for not only our agency but for the individual and their family as well,” Ivey added. “Obviously, when you see something like this, thoughts of suicide-by-cop, there is a pretty good indicator that that was his direct intention. Some of the other evidence that we’re starting to pull together, giving a good strong indication of that.”

An investigation continues into the incident. The deceased man’s body will be transported to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s office for a post-mortem exam, BCSO added in the news release.

“This is one of those (phenomena) where you and I will probably never understand it because our mind is not at that point. So, we can’t make logic of it, but unfortunately there’s not,” Ivey added. “Our team encounters these and our team does everything they can. We know in this specific case that our team tried to engage him in conversation, tried to create a parallel of being able to talk to him and get him to not do this.” 

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