Around 10:30 pm, the fiance’ of Cocoa Police Officer Patrick Kelly, reportedly called 911 stating that Kelly was armed with a rifle and handgun and was making threats as she exited the home. She is also a Cocoa Police officer.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was in communication with 39-year-old Kelly who was allegedly threatening to harm himself and any law enforcement officers responding to the scene. He is reportedly an Army Veteran.
BCSO SWAT and STAR (helicopter) were quickly deployed to the area, and the surrounding streets were immediately closed down. The home is located in Arrivas Village, a Viera subdivision directly across the street from Outback Steakhouse at the corner of Lake Andrew Dr and Napola Dr.
Upon our arrival, shots from a high powered long rifle could be heard in very close proximity. Neighbors report hearing a total of about 100 rounds throughout the entire incident. The gun fire was sporadic and spaced out until BCSO began approaching. As two BCSO deputies in tactical gear approached the east wall, Kelly fired several rounds directly at the officers who ducked for cover behind a BCSO vehicle. The rounds appeared to strike the vehicle.
At no point did we hear any return fire from law enforcement.
As SWAT took up positions in different areas and with tactical vehicles, we could hear gunfire inside the home from a different weapon. Kelly was alone in the home throughout the incident.
Neighbors commenting on the live stream could hear officers pleading for him to give himself up for quite some time.
Eventually, Kelly exited the home and followed the commands of BCSO, giving himself up without further incident. A neighbor who witnessed the surrender stated that Kelly was apologetic and crying, and sounded heavily intoxicated.
As far as we understand, there were no reported injuries for anyone involved.
Kelly was arrested and being held on a no-bond status for charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and discharging a firearm in public or residence.
Court records show that Kelly was arrested in 2017 for Domestic Battery by Strangulation, a 3rd degree felony. The arrest affidavit states that Kelly admitted to grabbing his then girlfriend by throat out of anger, throwing her to the ground and squeezing her neck until she couldn’t breathe. He admitted to the officer his intent to choke her.
The charges were later dropped after the victim swore in an affidavit that she never admitted to the officers that Kelly had choked her and that she wanted to charges dropped and protective order removed so that they could resume their relationship. Patrick was employed as an officer at the time of the arrest.
We found no other criminal history in Brevard County for Officer Kelly.