Viera, FL(FloridaToday.com) - A man with a gun who engaged police in an about three-hour standoff outside the Moore Justice Center in Viera this morning has been killed.
A man with a gun who engaged police in an about three-hour standoff outside the Moore Justice Center in Viera this morning has been killed.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said deputies tried to use a Taser to subdue the man, but the man - who had a gun in his waistband - continued to act aggressively.
SWAT deputies then shot the man, Ivey said.
Ivey said the courthouse will be closed for the day. Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be called in to investigate the use of force, as is standard procedure.
The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The courthouse in Viera has been locked down while a swarm of armed sheriff's deputies try to negotiate with a man with a gun.
The man was stopped in a turnaround area in the parking lot in front of the Moore Justice Center. The incident was first reported about 10 a.m.
Brevard County sheriff's deputies have locked people inside the building, moved staff out of the lobby and have ordered those in the parking lot to take cover or move behind the building.
"Everybody is just pretty much taking cover," Brevard County sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Maria Fernez said. Fernez is outside the courthouse.
She said the situation is contained.
BCSO SWAT has been called to the area and is staging at the stadium in Viera; and the sheriff's helicopter is also reportedly on the way. Deputies are surrounding the building and are on the roof.
Witnesses said the man with the gun was yelling at police, though it was unclear what about. Deputies have him at gunpoint; about 20 officers are spread around the courthouse grounds. Police cars have blocked the entrance of the courthouse.
One witness, Tara Coppola, of Palm Bay, said, "I was walking out of the courthouse... and I noticed as I was walking towards the news vans, that there was a bunch of sheriffs coming out saying, 'everybody get down." And I happened to look over and there was a guy waving a gun on the opposite side of the entrance. So we all got down and it was a very scary situation and we waited for the sheriffs to pull us to the back to safety while we're waiting to, hopefully, resolve this without anybody getting hurt."
Four stories up, jurors and a group of media have been locked inside a courtroom where the trial of Brandon Bradley, a man accused of killing Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Pill in 2012, is in its jury selection phase.
Fernez said Viera Charter School, which is across the street, was put into a precautionary lockdown.
Check back for updates.
Update: 10:55 a.m.
Police with guns drawn, including rifles and hand guns, are still in the parking lot of the Justice center. Police cars have barricaded the parking lot entrance. There are now approximately 20 officers, including snipers on the rooftop. Spectators have been forced behind the Justice center for safety.
Update: 10:22 a.m.
A man on Friday morning had a gun when he was at the Brevard County courthouse in Viera. Police are talking to him. More information to follow.