COCOA, Fla. (WESH)—Two teenagers, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, are dead after they were shot Friday by a Brevard County sheriff’s deputy, the sheriff’s office confirmed Monday.
The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. in the area of Stetson Drive and Ivy Drive in Cocoa. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it was investigating a shooting involving a Brevard deputy, but until late Monday afternoon, no further details had been released.
Deputies said the shooting happened as they were looking for a vehicle that fled from a traffic stop at U.S.1 and State Road 528.
Officials said deputies made contact with a vehicle in the area of Stetson Drive and Ivy Drive in Cocoa and that is when the shooting happened. It’s unclear if that vehicle was the one that had fled from the traffic stop or what prompted the deputy to open fire.
Two people in the vehicle were shot and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Deputies identified them Monday as 16-year-old Anthony Crooms, and 18-year-old Sincere Pierce. Both were from Cocoa.
WESH 2 News spoke with Crooms family. They told WESH 2’s Kelsi Thorud his name is actually Angelo. They said they still have questions for the