Domestic Violence Call Turns Into Shootout With The Cops

Florida man Anthony Orlando Rivera, 32, of Melbourne is in the Brevard County jail charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer among other charges after a domestic violence call turned into a shootout with Melbourne police officers.

Melbourne Police were dispatched to 4365 Millicent circle reference a woman who called 911 operators and told them that her boyfriend was outside of the house slashing her vehicle tires. Upon arriving, officers confronted Rivera who was also armed with a pistol. According to the police report, Rivera fired several rounds at officers, at which point one officer returned fire. 

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Rivera then fled into the residence where he reportedly began firing his gun inside. Police then said Rivera fired another volley of shots from a second-floor window at the responding officers and other homes in the neighborhood. 

When the shots fired call went out, members of the Palm Bay Police Department and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene, as well as members of the Melbourne Police Department SWAT team and the Crisis Negotiations Unit. 

Rivera eventually gave himself up and was taken into custody. 

No one was injured during the incident, but the officer who returned fire is being placed on routine administrative leave until Melbourne police internal affairs and or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement clears the shooting.

Melbourne police say the area around the house is still an active crime scene as the investigation continues.

Rivera was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is facing several charges, including domestic violence, aggravated battery, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and criminal mischief. Rivera’s bond was set at $68,000 for the charges, except for the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer charge which is no bond, so Rivera stays in jail for now.


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