Man injured in Brevard deputy-involved shooting following alleged suicide attempt

By Cheryn Stone, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018, 10:45 PM EST

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is reporting deputies shot a man after he allegedly became aggressive toward them.

  • Deputies shoot man who attempted suicide, Sheriff Ivey says
  • Deputies say man became aggressive
  • Man was taken to hospital in critical condition

Family members of the man who was shot called 911 around 4 p.m. Thursday to report he was attempting to commit suicide. 

According to Sheriff Wayne Ivey, deputies tried to subdue the man on Honey Lane in Grant-Valkaria.

Deputies attempted to use a taser on the man to stop him from cutting himself, but it didn't subdue him. The man allegedley became aggressive and deputies say they were forced to shoot him.

He was taken to an area hospital and is in critical condition. Sheriff Ivey said at this point it appears he was under the influence of alcohol.

Neither of the deputies who responded was injured.

"Currently they are going through what is probably the toughest day of their lives ... as I said we're very fortunate that they were not injured, although the scene and situation certainly lead to them to being injured if things had gone differently," Ivey said. 

The deputies involved will be put on administrative leave which is standard procedure.

This is the second deputy involved shooting in Brevard County in the last three weeks. On Jan. 21, a deputy shot and killed Ronald Lawson of Cocoa. Sheriff Ivey said Lawson was driving recklessly as if he was impaired and took actions that made the deputy fear for his life.