Deputy-involved shooting at Merritt Square Mall

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:04 AM EDT

A Brevard County deputy shot a man at the Merritt Square Mall Tuesday afternoon after witnesses said he was displaying erratic behavior.

  • Deputy shoots man at Merritt Square Mall
  • Construction boss, security officer says man was erratic
  • Deputies say he was swinging a metal fence piece

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the unidentified man was a construction worker at the mall on State Road 520. He was confronted by his boss Tuesday about erratic behavior and became aggressive. Ivey said the man left the construction area. He then reportedly returned to the parking lot and was confronted by a security officer regarding the man's behavior. 

At that point deputies were called in. But when they confronted the man, the sheriff says he became aggressive and started swinging some sort of metal fence piece. A deputy fired several rounds at the man, injuring him. He was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment. His condition isn't known. 

None of the deputies at the scene were injured.

"From everything I’ve seen at this point, our deputy took the absolute right action," Sheriff Ivey said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.