1 dead in officer-involved shooting, Melbourne police say

Cops: Man shot by officers was person of interest in robberies

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Melbourne police are investigating on Monday an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead.


Police said the shooting occurred in the Burger King parking lot at the corner of U.S. 1 and Seminole Avenue.

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Police said the man who was shot, Matthew Wayne McDaniel, was under surveillance and a person of interest in several recent robberies. The robberies under investigation were:

  • CVS on New Haven Avenue
  • Speedway on West New Haven
  • Chevron on North Harbor City Boulevard
  • Subway in Palm Bay

Officers said they spotted McDaniel in the Burger King parking lot and went to pull him over, but he tried to get away and pulled out a gun. Police opened fire and McDaniel died on scene

Officers say they believe McDaniel was planning another robbery when they stopped him Sunday night.

Six officers, identified as Sgt. Sheridan Shelley, Detective Michael Szczepanski, Officer Timothy Sonnenberg, Officer Urian D'Errico, Officer Brett Self and Officer William Gleason, were involved in the shooting incident.

No officers were injured.

Check back for more on this developing story.