Melbourne High 16-year-old shoots self after six-hour standoff, police say

Family says 16-year-old Michael Proctor was on LSD during shooting

By Sachelle Saunders - Reporter, John Ambrogne - Executive Producer

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - A 16-year-old who opened fire on officers in a West Melbourne home and was found inside the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound has been identified, West Melbourne police said.

Police and SWAT team members surrounded the home on Martin Lane late Wednesday night after a the teen's grandmother, Lorene Powers, called 911 before midnight saying 16-year-old Michael Proctor was throwing things around inside the residence.

"I have a 16-year-old grandson that he started acting funny this afternoon," Powers said in a 911 call. "And now he’s just he’s wanting to throw everything in his bedroom."

Powers and Proctor's father said in the 911 call that they found a gun in the 16-year-old's room and took it away from him.

"It’s just that whenever you walk into his bedroom he looks at you funny and then he picks up something and throws it in his room," Powers said to dispatch.

Officers arrived and entered the home, where they began interviewing family members. As this was happening, police said Proctor came from a back bedroom and began firing at officers.

The two officers inside the home retreated toward the front door as the suspect continued firing on officers, police said. No officers were injured. The officers were able to evacuate with three people who were inside the home, according to authorities.

Two others who had been held inside the house have been allowed to leave.

Officers deployed tear gas inside the home, and Proctor was found dead in the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a six-hour standoff.

News 6 partner Florida Today spoke to family members who said they were inside the home at the time of the shooting. They said Proctor took LSD before the incident and that made him violent.

Powers told the newspaper that she gave her grandson $20 for lunch at school, but he used the money to buy LSD instead. She said he took the drug shortly before the shooting and it made him violent and paranoid.

 "He kept saying to me, 'I'm going to die,'" Powers said.

[Listen to the 911 call below]

Police said Proctor was on probation in relation to an incident on April 11 where he and another teen stole a gun and a smartphone from a home. The teens intended to sell the revolver, but after they couldn't find anyone to buy it, they left it abandoned under a park bench, the report said.

Proctor pleaded guilty to grand theft in June and was sentenced to probation until his 19th birthday. As part of his probation, Proctor was ordered to maintain a part-time job, abide by a curfew, complete 35 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the victim.

Brevard County Public School officials said Proctor attended Melbourne High School. Spokeswoman Jennifer Wolfinger said crisis counselors were at the school Thursday to help students cope.

At the high school on Thursday Principal James Kirk made an announcement about Proctor’s death.

Student Laura Vasko, knew of Proctor and said he wasn't that type of kid to do drugs. 

"No kid should have to feel that way,” Vasko said. "I never would have thought that he would be doing drugs, you wouldn't think that he's into that it's just sad."

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