MELBOURNE, Fla. — One person was killed and a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy was injured when a Monday afternoon traffic stop erupted with gunfire, officials said.
What You Need To Know
- At about 1 p.m. Monday, deputies pulled over a vehicle on U.S. 192 near I-95
- According to officials, an individual in the vehicle they stopped opened fire on the deputies
- They returned fire, killing the suspect; one of the deputies received non-life-threatening injuries in the exchange
- The dead suspect was identified by the sheriff's office as Paris Wilder, 38, of Cocoa
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified the deceased shooting suspect as Paris Wilder, 38, of Cocoa. The sheriff's office said Wilder had 40 previous arrests, including 23 felony arrests.
The incident started just after 1 p.m. in the area of U.S. 192 and Interstate 95, when a vehicle was pulled over, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike DeMorat said.
Two deputies were on the scene when an occupant in the vehicle opened fire, he said.
Witness Daniel Brown said the scene unfolded like something more fit for the silver screen.
“I mean it was like a scene out of a movie," he said. "I mean if you weren’t there, you wouldn’t believe it. And he just jumped out and started shooting.”
During the confrontation, the alleged shooter was killed and one of the deputies was injured, DeMorat said, adding that the deputy's injuries were not life threatening.
Neither deputy involved was identified by the sheriff's office. Both deputies are on paid administrative leave, as is customary in all cases when a deputy shoots someone in the line of duty, the sheriff's office said. Once an investigation is completed, it will be submitted to the State Attorney's Office for review.
Brown said he responded to help the injured deputy before additional emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
“I pulled across the street after I heard all the gunshots stop," he said. "So then I come across the street, I walk up to the cop. I’m like ‘tell me what to do, tell me what to do.’ He’s like ‘put a tourniquet on my leg.’
"So he said ‘take my shoe off.’ I took his shoe off. Then I pulled the tourniquet up, I tightened it down, and then meanwhile I was already on the phone with 911.”
According to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, the injured deputy was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne for treatment.
After the shooting, U.S. 192 was closed in both directions between I-95 and St. John's Heritage Parkway, along with the southbound I-95 exit onto U.S. 192. By 6:30 p.m., the roadway had reopened completely in both directions.
No other suspect was being sought by investigators and there was no ongoing danger to the community in connection with the shooting, DeMorat said.