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Deputy in Cocoa shooting has felony gun charges, burglary, and domestic violence with children

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Brevard County Deputy Jafet Santiago Miranda shot and killed two Cocoa teens last Friday. Brevard County Sheriff Wane Ivey released the dash cam video of the incident late last night, along with a statement saying Miranda was forced to shoot in order to save his own life.

Deputy Jafet Miranda (Facebook photo)

The video shows 16 year old AJ Crooms attempting to evade Deputy Miranda who is ordering him to stop the car at gun point. He then opens fire into the vehicle killing Crooms and 18 year old Sincere Pierce.

Anthony “AJ” Crooms, 16, left, and Sincere Pierce,18, right. Both teens were shot and killed on Nov. 13 in Cocoa during a Brevard County deputy-involved shooting. (Photos courtesy of Nino Lyons)

A public records background check has revealed quite a disturbing past of Deputy Miranda.

Records from the Osceola Clerk of Courts show that in 2008 he was found guilty of burglary to a dwelling unarmed, as well as aggravated assault with a firearm.

Just this year however, Deputy Miranda was charged with domestic violence with children on April 20th. His wife, who was the petitioner in the case, is also an officer with the Titusville Police Department, and was their 2017 Rookie of the Year and officer of the month in November 2019.

It is not clear how Deputy Miranda was able to be hired as a Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy with those charges, but the name and date of birth are a match.

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It is not clear if he was disciplined for the domestic violence charges. In January 2019, he was recognized as Deputy of the month.

Officer Frances Santiago

He is currently on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, but Ivey has come out in his defense.

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