Florida police officer arrested after armed standoff with SWAT team

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer is in jail after an hour-long armed standoff with the sheriff’s office SWAT team during which he opened fire in his home, authorities said Thursday.

A statement from the police department said the incident began Wednesday night during a domestic dispute between Cocoa Officer Patrick Kelly and a woman who is also an officer at the same agency.

Representatives from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to Kelly’s home in Viera, Fla., and the SWAT team was called when Kelly refused to come out, the statement said.

A statement from the Cocoa Police Department said: “Officer Kelly was armed and actively opened fire inside the home. After several hours, Officer Kelly surrendered without further incident. No one was injured.”

Kelly now faces charges of aggravated assault and shooting with a deadly weapon involving domestic violence. He remained in jail without bail Thursday night, and online court records show he has entered a not guilty plea.

Kelly was arrested in 2017 for felony domestic violence battery, but was allowed to remain on the police force after the charges were dropped, the statement said.

Kelly, a 15-year veteran of the department, has been suspended without pay pending dismissal, the statement said.

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