Hours-long standoff leads to Coco police arrest for domestic violence

Following an hours-long standoff Wednesday night, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Cocoa officer after he fired multiple shots at Vieira’s home and threatened to injure himself in a domestic violence incident and another police officer.

Patrick Kelly, 39, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence with a deadly weapon and opening fire in a residential area, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to a house near Framura Lane at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after a woman, who also worked with the Cocoa Police Department, reported that Kelly threatened her with a gun and was experiencing what she observed Mental health crisis. Additionally, the woman said Kelly, 39, threatened to harm herself and any responding law enforcement officers, the sheriff’s office said.

Members of the SWAT team and crisis negotiators engaged Kelly for hours until he emerged from his home and surrendered. No one was injured, but Kelly did open fire multiple times inside, the sheriff’s office said.

“We are saddened by the events over the past 24 hours involving two of our officers,” Chief Evan de Collier IV said in a release.

Kelly, an agency official since 2007, has been suspended without pay pending dismissal, Collier said.

Kelly was arrested in 2017 for felony domestic violence assault. Kelly told officers he grabbed his then-girlfriend by the neck and strangled her after an altercation at their Merritt Island home, according to an arrest affidavit.

The Cocoa Police Department said Kelly was allowed to remain with the department after the charges were dropped.

“Cocoa Police officers are required to observe the highest levels of professional and ethical conduct, and Officer Kelly’s actions do not represent the men and women of this agency who take pride in protecting and serving our community every day,” Collier said.

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