Deputy shoots, kills wanted man in Cocoa

Cops: Quinten Smith was wanted for shooting into home of family member

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

COCOA, Fla. - An armed man who was wanted in a Christmas Day shooting was fatally shot by a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy at a home in Cocoa, according to the Cocoa Police Department.

Police said 23-year-old Quinten Jamal Smith, of Cocoa, approached a home on Clearlake Road at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, discharging a weapon nine times into the home as a drive-by shooting.

The home was occupied at the time by six people, including a 2-year-old child, Cocoa police said. Authorities arrived at the scene and obtained arrest warrants for Smith relating to six counts of aggravated assault and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Officials were able to made contact with Smith by telephone. Smith told authorities he would be returning to kill the family and any law enforcement officers that tried to stop him, according to Cocoa police.

At 12:43 p.m. Friday, Smith was found at an apartment complex at School Street and Pineda Street. Police said he was armed and threatened a deputy with a firearm. At that time the deputy, identified as Agent Richard Clements, shot Smith with his agency-issued handgun.

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Smith was declared dead at the scene, Cocoa police said. Clements was not harmed.

The Cocoa Police Department said it is conducting the homicide investigation concerning the incident, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an independent and parallel investigation into the use of force, authorities said.

Clements is an eight-year employee with the Sheriff's Office and a decorated combat Air Force veteran. Clements, who is currently assigned to the GameOver Task Force, was placed on paid administrative leave, which is a common practice in investigations of this nature, Cocoa police said.

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