3 people in custody, one hospitalized in Gifford shooting

Shooting in Indian River County.
Shooting in Indian River County.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, one suspect is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Gifford. 

The suspect is alive and in stable condition at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. He is a 19-year-old convicted felon who was on probation. Three other suspects are in custody.

The shooting occurred Saturday night at around 9 p.m. when deputies attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle believed to be involved in a separate shooting incident. The traffic stop happened near 45th Street and 30th Avenue.

“A passenger in the vehicle was told not to grab a gun that was seen in the vehicle, but he did and attempted to flee. Deputies then opened fire on the suspect,” a sheriff’s spokesperson said.

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Four deputies are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is reviewing footage from body-worn cameras and dash-cams.

The incident is still under investigation. No names have been released at this time.

Sebastian Daily will update when new information is available.


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