Suspect, officers identified in Melbourne police-involved shooting

7 officers placed on administrative leave

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MELBOURNE, Fla. – Officials on Wednesday identified a man killed in a Melbourne police-involved shooting and the seven officers believed to have fired their weapons.

Police said they were called to The Preserve at Longleaf Apartments Sunday around 5:30 p.m. due to a domestic dispute between two adults and when the first officer arrived, 67-year-old Richard Lee Kampstra grabbed a rifle and barricaded himself inside a room.

When more officers arrived, Kampstra confronted them while still armed with a rifle, prompting the officers to open fire, records show. Kampstra died at the scene.

The seven officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

They were identified Wednesday as:

  • M. Pond
    • Patrol Operations
    • First year at the Melbourne Police Department
  • S. Koubek
    • Patrol operations
    • Thirteenth year at the Melbourne Police Department
  • B. Eder
    • Patrol operations
    • Twelfth year at the Melbourne Police Department
  • E. Jones
    • Patrol operations
    • Second year at Melbourne Police Department
  • J. Aiani
    • Patrol operations
    • Second year at the Melbourne Police Department
  • A. Sudman
    • Patrol operations
    • First year at the Melbourne Police Department
  • M. Iervasi
    • Patrol operations
    • Seventh year at the Melbourne Police Department

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6443 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).


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