Melbourne police officer shoots man who opened fire, officials say

Man taken to hospital; FDLE investigates shooting

File photo.
File photo.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A 66-year-old man was shot and wounded late Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting in Brevard County, officials said.

Melbourne police said they were called to a home on St. Armens Circle around 10:30 p.m. after a neighbor reported that a man was outside with a gun.

The man, identified by police as Lewis Nowlin, was acting erratically and waling in the street while carrying a gun, police said.

Officers confronted Nowlin in an attempt to disarm him, and shots were fired, police said.

Nowlin was injured and taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said. He faces charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. 


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