Florida Police Officer Arrested after SWAT Standoff

Patrick Michael Kelly, 39, of Viera, who is also a Cocoa Police Officer, is in the Brevard County Jail after a domestic incident at his home that ended up in an hours-long standoff with the Brevard Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

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According to online court records, Kelly made his first appearance before a Judge on Thursday morning, and Kelly has reportedly entered a plea of not guilty.

Brevard County deputies were dispatched to Kelly’s home on Framura lane in Viera at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday in reference to a woman who called 911. The woman stated that Kelly was threatening harm to her and himself with a pistol, and he was experiencing an emotional crisis. Patrol deputies arrived and attempted to get Kelly to come out of the house and talk to them, be he refused.

The Brevard County SWAT team was sent to the residence, and negotiations began. Kelly barricaded himself in the home and fired multiple shots inside and through his residence’s windows. The victim was able to flee the residence and advised police that Kelly stated he would harm her, himself, and any responding members of law enforcement. Eventually, negotiators got Kelly to surrender and exit the residence without further incident. Kelly was taken into custody at around 6:00 a.m. No injuries were sustained by Kelly or members of the Sheriff’s Office during the incident.

Kelly was transported to the Brevard County Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – domestic and discharging a firearm in public. He is currently being held without bond.

According to the Cocoa police department, Kelly was arrested in 2017 for felony domestic violence battery, but he was allowed to stay on the police force after the charges were dropped.

Kelly has been with the Cocoa Police department for 15 years and has now been suspended without pay pending termination.

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