Alleged suicidal man shot by deputy dies from injuries

By David Bodden, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018, 10:05 PM EST

A man who was shot by a Brevard County deputy Thursday has died from his injuries.

According to authorities, the deputy opened fire after Ricardo Enrique Colon, 35, was allegedly acting aggressive yesterday afternoon along Honey Lane in Grant-Valkaria.

Family members of Colon called 911 yesterday afternoon to report he was attempting to commit suicide. 

Investigators say when deputies arrived on the scene they tried to use a taser to subdue Colon, but it didn't work. The sheriff says the man was being aggressive toward law-enforcement and a deputy was forced to shoot him.

Deputies Kelly Dobson and Jose Santos responded to the incident. Neither was injured.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey says a deputy’s decision to use lethal force is never an easy one.

"Currently they are going through what is probably the toughest day of their lives," said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. "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."

The deputy who shot Colon will be put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.  

Sheriff Ivey said at this point it appears Colon was under the influence of alcohol.

Colon was transported to the medical examiner for a post-mortem exam, says a news release.

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 who investigators say was driving recklessly and took actions that made the deputy fear for his life.

A Brevard County deputy opened fire at Colon after he was allegedly acting aggressive Thursday afternoon along Honey Lane in Grant-Valkaria. (Cheryn Stone, staff)