Police chief: Suspect dead, 1 killed, 2 police officers shot in Palm Bay


PALM BAY, Fla. — The Palm Bay Police Chief said two officers were shot when responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday afternoon.


Police Chief Mario Augello said around 2:07 p.m., police officers arrived at the 400 block of Forgal Avenue.

When they arrived at the scene, police officers encountered an armed suspect, identified as a 24-year-old Brandon Kapas.

According to the chief, Kapas and law enforcement fired, and two Palm Bay police officers were shot. They were taken to a local hospital and are expected to survive.

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Augello said Kapas fled the scene, but police officers chased him, and when they caught up to Kapas, they shot and killed him.

The chief praised local law enforcement agencies, including the Melbourne Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, for assisting with the incident.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will continue investigating the incident.

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The Palm Bay Police Department said it is working an “active incident” near Lexington and Americana.

They ask residents to avoid the area while the investigation is ongoing.

Police said there is no threat to the public.

No further details were provided at this time.

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