BREAKING: Riviera officer fires gun after traffic stop; three people in custody


A Riviera Beach police officer fired his gun Thursday morning during an incident at West 13th Street and President Barack Obama Highway, city police said.

 

No one was injured in the incident. Three people — two males and a female — have been taken into custody, police said.

The two officers involved in the incident — only one fired a gun — are on paid administrative leave, as per department protocol following a shooting, Brown said.

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City police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said an officer tried to pull over a Nissan minivan shortly after 9:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Avenue E and West 13th Street, but the driver refused to stop. Authorities haven’t said what violation prompted the stop, though Brown described it as “routine.” 

The three people bailed out of the car near 13th and President Barack Obama Highway. Authorities immediately took the female — identified as Dwaysia Flanders — into custody. The two males — Kelby Parson and Derian Williams, according to police — ran south and tried to jump over a fence. Parson dropped a gun as he tried to jump over it, police said. 

He stopped, turned around and grabbed the gun, according to Brown.

That’s when the officer fired his gun, Brown said. The officer did so “in an abundance of caution to preserve his life and the life of any other member of the public who could have been affected,” she said.

The males ran, but officers eventually caught them and took them into custody. They had been hiding in another vehicle at a nearby mechanic shop.

Parson’s gun was found behind shrubbery in the 800 block of West 13th Street. Police also found a loaded magazine on the ground near where the shooting took place. It had about 30 rounds in it, Brown said.

The incident happened in a highly trafficked area - by both pedestrians and vehicles.

During a search, 10 grams of amphetamine capsules were found in her backpack. 

Parson is facing charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude, burglary to a vehicle and resisting without violence.

Williams is facing charges of burglary to a vehicle and resisting arrest without violence and Flanders faces one count each of fleeing to elude and possession of amphetamines.

Ages and places of residence for Parson, Williams and Flanders were not immediately available.

Anyone with information connected to this case is asked to contact Riveria Beach police at (561) 845-4123 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).


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