Authorities identify man killed in Cocoa Beach officer-involved shooting

Woman called 911 to report intoxicated husband firing gun, police say

By Brianna Volz - Web producer
Photo courtesy of Marie Savickas

COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Authorities are investigating after a man was killed Friday night in a Cocoa Beach officer-involved shooting at a condominium complex, according to the agency's police chief.

Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld said officers were called to the Royal Colonial Condos on South Banana River Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. when a woman reported that her husband, 59-year-old Tim Berger, was intoxicated and fired a gun inside their home.

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Rosenfeld said several officers responded to the home and were violently threatened when they tried to make contact with Berger, forcing officers James Scheiner and Taylor Payne to fire their weapons.

"The officers were put in a position to use deadly force," Rosenfeld said.

Police said Berger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither Scheiner nor Payne were injured, the chief said.

Scheiner has been with the Police Department since June 2015. Payne has been an officer for the department since May 2016, officials said. Both officers are on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Cocoa Beach police are investigating the shooting.

No other details were immediately available. Stay with News 6 and for updates on this developing story. 

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