Officer shot; Suspect arrested

Palm Bay police involved in standoff after officer shot

PALM BAY, Fla. - A Palm Bay Police officer is recovering in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound during an attempt to arrest a man for aggravated assault.

Police said officer James Bearden is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the jaw.

Police said another officer, Shane Carroll, suffered an arm injury.

Police said the suspect, 55-year-old Mark Clark, was barricaded in a home located on Sea Grape and was believed to be heavily armed.

SWAT teams from Palm Bay and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office were trying to contact  the suspect and had a secure perimeter around the area, police said.

Police said this started on Friday when emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from the suspect's family members reporting the man, whose identity is being withheld at this time, had returned home from a drug rehab program and was threatening to kill them as well as any officers who attempted to intervene.

Police said the family members fled and immediately called 911 from another location on Fordham Street.

Police said after repeated attempts to contact the suspect, officers cleared the home and advised family members to stay in a secure location away from the home.

Police said just before 7 p.m. Saturday,  officers Carroll and Bearden returned to the address on Sea Grape with an arrest affidavit for charges of aggravated assault regarding Friday's incident.

When the officers arrived, the suspect opened fire from inside the home, police said.

Clark surrendered around 1:42 a.m. Sunday and was taken to the Brevard County Jail.

Copyright 2012 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.