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Space Coast Cop Arrested After Armed Standoff with SWAT Team

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said shots were fired but no one was injured.

VIERA, FLORIDA — The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cocoa police officer on Thursday morning after an armed standoff with the SWAT team. Patrick Kelly, 39, was charged with Aggravated Assault/Domestic Violence with a Deadly Weapon and Discharging a Firearm on Residential Property, according to a press release from the Brevard Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived at the crime scene around 10:30 PM, after receiving a call from a woman who said Kelly was having a meltdown and threatened her with a firearm. The woman managed to get out of the house, telling officers Kelly threatened to hurt her or any law enforcement at the scene. According to the report, Kelly had barricaded himself inside the home.


The Brevard Sheriff’s Office said Kelly fired his gun multiple times while inside, but no one was injured. Ultimately, members of the SWAT team managed to negotiate a surrender from Kelly.

A statement from Cocoa Police Chief Evander Collier said that the victim was also a Coco police officer and lived with Kelly in the house. The statement added that Kelly was arrested for felony domestic violence battery in 2017, but kept his job after prosecutors dropped the charge. He has now been without pay, pending termination.

“Cocoa Police Officers are held to the highest levels of professional and moral conduct and Officer Kelly’s actions do not represent the men and women of this agency who take pride in their job every day to protect and serve our community,” Chief Collier said in the statement. “We are grateful for the quick and professional response from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in facilitating a peaceful resolution of the standoff and we will move forward by providing support to the Cocoa police officer and victim who shared the home with Officer Kelly.”