Man dead after a 2 hour SWAT standoff

VIERA, Fla. — A man who brandished a gun outside the Brevard County Courthouse in Viera was killed in a standoff with SWAT on Friday.

Deputies contained the gunman in an area near the courthouse at 10:37 a.m., and the SWAT team was on scene. A negotiator from the Palm Bay police was speaking with the man.

Chopper 2 video showed the man pacing near the courthouse, and at least eight law enforcement officials took cover behind vehicles with their guns pointed at him. Two snipers trained guns on the suspect from the roof.

Just before 1 p.m., SWAT members took cover behind an armored truck and moved toward the man. He took off on foot and was killed in gunfire. It is not clear who fired the fatal shot.

News helicopters were told to stay two miles away from the scene.

"We don't know what he is agitated over," said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

Ivey did not identify the man but said he had made previous threats at the courthouse. The threats didn't rise to the level of an arrest, Ivey said.

According to Ivey, the man also had a bag with him.

"We don't know what the other contents of the bag are. It's laying nearby where he is standing at," said Ivey.

Everyone in the courthouse was moved to the back of the building and deputies were working to evacuate them.

Viera High School and Viera Charter School were also placed on lockdown during the incident, and nearby residents were told to avoid the area.

Jury selection for Brandon Bradley's high-profile murder case is in its fifth day inside the courthouse. Bradley is accused of killing Deputy Barbara Pill on March 6, 2012.


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