We have obtained photos and video from a police shootout with a domestic violence suspect last week. Photos and video provided by resident Brandon Story.
Melbourne officers were dispatched to a home near Palm Bay High School around 1:55 a.m. after a woman said over the phone that her boyfriend was attempting to stab her tires. When confronting the man, officers found that he was armed with a handgun, police said.
32-year-old Anthony Rivera fired several rounds at the officers and one officer returned fire, according to Melbourne police. Rivera then ran into the house and began firing more shots inside.
A second round of gunfire came from Rivera toward officers and other homes from a second-floor window of the residence, police said.
Members of Melbourne PD’s SWAT team and Crisis Negotiation Unit, as well as Palm Bay Police Department and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office personnel. Eventually, Rivera voluntarily turned himself over to law enforcement. He faces charges of domestic violence with aggravated battery, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, shooting into an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief.