PALM BAY, Fla. — Two Palm Bay police officers are recovering after being shot by a gunman during a domestic disturbance call on Sunday afternoon. The gunman, identified as 24-year-old Brandon Kapas, and a civilian were killed in the exchange of gunfire.
According to Palm Bay police Chief Mario Augello, the officers responded to a call on the 400 block of Forgal Avenue NE and encountered Kapas, who was armed and refusing to comply with verbal commands. The confrontation led to an exchange of gunfire, causing injuries to two officers. Both officers are currently receiving medical treatment and are expected to survive.
Following the shooting, additional officers pursued Kapas, ultimately leading to his death after a brief pursuit. It was revealed that Kapas had also killed a person before the officers arrived at the scene. As a result, several law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation, which led to the closure of several blocks in the area. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
Police Chief Mario Augello emphasized the dedication of the officers to protect and serve the community and the citizens of Palm Bay, stating, “We will not tolerate anybody raising their guns or any type of lethal force or aggression towards our police officers.”
The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers often face while responding to calls, highlighting the risks they take to ensure public safety. The community has come together to show support for the injured officers, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the sacrifices made by law enforcement personnel in the line of duty.