Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sebastian Police Officer, Suspect Wounded In Officer-Involved Shooting


SEBASTIAN, Florida- A Sebastian police officer and a suspect were wounded during an officer-involved shooting on Monday night.


Just before 10:30 p.m. on October 9, 2017, the Sebastian Police Department received information that Ward Kenyon, who was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Indian River County for Violation of Probation, was inside Earl's Hideaway Lounge and Tiki Bar located at 1405 Indian River Drive in Sebastian, Florida.
 
Several officers coordinated an approach to ensure the safety of the officers and patrons of the bar to take Kenyon into custody. 

Upon making contact with Kenyon, two of the officers began to escort him away from the establishment. 

Police say that, as they approached the exit, Kenyon began to struggle with the officers and drew a pistol.  That's when Officer Tegpreet “Preet” Singh attempted to grab the gun to obtain physical control. 

Officer Singh and Kenyon fell to the floor and fought over the firearm, which was allegedly fired by Kenyon.  Officer Braden Nevue drew his firearm and engaged Kenyon simultaneously during the event.  Officers gained control of Kenyon and the scene was secured by the other officers who were present.   

Officer Singh and Kenyon both suffered bullet wounds.  They were transported by ground to a local hospital and are being treated for what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Kenyon was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon back in 2015 and placed on probation for 36 months. 

Police expect to file additional charges for Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and other possible felonies. 

The criminal investigation by Sebastian Police Department detectives has not been completed at this time. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the independent review of the police shooting with the support and assistance of Indian River County Sheriff's Office crime scene.

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