BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
A Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputy was shot on Thursday night outside a house on Covina Avenue in Port St. John.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the deputy is in critical condition.
The name of the deputy was not released.
"I would definitely classify this as an ambush based upon the information that I have right now," Ivey said.
According to authorities, deputies were investigating complaints about prostitution, and were clearly marked as law enforcement officers when someone on the property opened fire.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on its Facebook Page:
“Late yesterday evening a member of our Brevard County Sheriff's Office family was shot in the line of duty while he and the members of his unit were attempting to make an arrest in the Port St. John area. While the full details of the incident are still under investigation I wanted to share with our community that he is currently in critical condition undergoing surgery and we ask that everyone please keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Our BCSO family is standing strong with his wife and children as we all face this difficult time together. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming number of calls we have received from our citizens who have offered their thoughts and prayers for his recovery. I want to personally thank and commend the actions of Brevard County Fire Rescue who without question gave our Deputy a chance to survive through their life saving actions.”
"It is just crazy to me that anyone would open fire on our deputies. They were all clearly marked. They were all wearing their tactical vests with their clear markings on the front of them, and I really don't have an idea of what prompted this at this point," Sheriff Wayne Ivey said during a late night press conference.
"We are really right now focused on the well-being of our deputy and we are right now trying to make sure that his family is cared for at this time. We appreciate everybody's thoughts and prayers as we go through the night," Ivey said.
A suspect was shot during the exchange of gunfire.