BREWARD COUNTY, FL. – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says one of his deputies was “forced to shoot” a car in the Cocoa neighborhood, fatally shooting a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old last week.
On November 13, a shooting broke out in the Cocoa neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. The sheriff’s office confirmed the deaths of 18-year-old Honest Pierce and 16-year-old Anthony Crums by Monday. The sheriff̵
On Tuesday, Ivy identified the MPs involved and released a video with a video camera showing the moments leading up to the shooting, inclusive.
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Ivy said Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda and Deputy Carson Hendren were trying to stop an investigation into what they thought might be the stolen car that had just escaped from another deputy in the cocoa area.
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Investigators said the vehicle was first spotted on Clearlake Road and Dixon Boulevard and moments later in the Ivy Street area.
Ivy said lawmakers saw the vehicle turn left toward Stetson and head toward the driveway of a nearby residence.
The video shows the deputies getting out of their cars and the car starts to pull out of the alley. Deputies then told the passengers in the car to “stop the car” or “stop” at least seven times, according to the video.
Ivy said Crums was driving and he sped the car to Deputy Santiago-Miranda.
The sheriff said the deputy was “forced to shoot with his service weapon in an attempt to stop the deadly threat from the car from crashing into him.”
Ivy said Santiago-Miranda was in imminent danger of being hit by the vehicle.
According to Ivy, a third person in the vehicle told the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that he heard verbal commands inside the car, and Krooms still accelerated.
Ivy did not mention whether the third person in the vehicle was under investigation.
Crums and Pierce, both from Cocoa, were taken to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Video from the scene shows that the car was covered with bullet holes.
According to the sheriff, investigators found two pistols in the vehicle.
“In conclusion, please keep the family of the two young men in your thoughts and prayers, as well as our deputies, as an incident of this magnitude affects everyone, including our entire community,” Ivy said in a Facebook post.
Both MPs are on paid administrative leave during this investigation. According to Ivy, Santiago-Miranda has been employed at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office since February 2017, Hendren has been employed at the Sheriff’s Office since June 2018.
The shooting happened at Cocoa Police. The department has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the man involved, which is a standard protocol when a law enforcement officer uses lethal force.
The FDLE investigation is ongoing. When completed, his findings will be forwarded to the state prosecutor’s office to determine whether the allegations are well-founded.
In a news release, the Office of the Attorney General of the 18th Judicial Chain, which handles Brevard County cases, addressed inquiries into the case, while expressing condolences to the victims’ families.
“The Attorney General’s role in this investigation and in conducting our review is to determine whether a criminal violation of Florida law has occurred, whether a person can be prosecuted, and whether such criminal liability can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. court. “Our commitment to justice is the basic and guiding principle in any such decision,” a spokesman said. Read the full statement here.
Meanwhile, the families of the two teenagers have provided a remarkable civil rights lawyer, Ben Crump, to represent them.
As families wait for the investigation to develop, community members take action.
“When I saw the video I said to myself, we start again because such cases happen again and again and again,” said the Rev. Johnny Dennis.
Dennis is a member of the community who organized a rally at 4 pm in Cocoa on Wednesday.
“They didn’t show lights to show that they were being pulled, they just stopped behind them with their weapons drawn,” Dennis said.
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