Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Terminates Deputy Shot Feb. 17 In Off-Duty Incident In Jacksonville

BCSO employee Jason Allen Roberts terminated

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has terminated BCSO employee Jason Allen Roberts after an Administrative Investigation determined Robert’s performance record “demonstrates a clear, documented pattern of sub-standard behavior that is not consistent with the expected actions and performance of a Deputy Sheriff.” (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has terminated BCSO employee Jason Allen Roberts after an Administrative Investigation determined Robert’s performance record “demonstrates a clear, documented pattern of sub-standard behavior that is not consistent with the expected actions and performance of a Deputy Sheriff.”

According to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office documents, the Administrative Investigation was initiated over concerns that Roberts failed to adhere to established agency policies, specifically while off-duty and visiting Jacksonville, Florida in February.

On Sunday, February 17, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting about 4:30 a.m. at the Lexington Hotel that involved Roberts.

Roberts was off-duty visiting Jacksonville when the incident occurred, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Tod Goodyear.

On February 18, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release that said Roberts was transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery for injuries he sustained.

“The employee (Roberts, who was not identified at the time) is currently in serious, but stable condition,” said BCSO spokesman Tod Goodyear in the release.

“All of the individuals involved in the incident have been identified and it is currently being actively investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to determine the facts and circumstances.”

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According to the Administrative Investigation report, the probe was initiated over concerns that Roberts failed to adhere to established agency policies while off-duty and visiting Jacksonville.

“You were intoxicated and physically attacked another guest of a hotel,” said Sheriff Ivey in the report.

The report went on to say that the hotel guest armed himself with a handgun and shot Roberts in self-defense to stop the alleged unprovoked attack.

“This incident took place in the hotel room of the victim and all available evidence collected by the investigating law enforcement agency was supportive of the victim’s version,” said Sheriff Ivey in the report.

“Additionally, the allegation of public intoxication and criminal mischief for the destruction of property as detailed in the same report would place you in violation of the established standards of conduct of the Brevard County Sheriffs Office.”

Sheriff Ivey said Roberts failed to provide complete information to the investigating authority about the incident.

“When provided a lawful and reasonable order by a BCSO superior officer/supervisor to attend your Subject Officer interview to provide a compelled statement, you willfully and deliberately refused,” said Sheriff Ivey in the Administrative Investigation report.

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Although Roberts was ultimately not criminally charged, Sheriff Ivey said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigation and investigative enclosures included sworn statements that allege actions constituting violations of statutory elements for Battery, Domestic Violence, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.

“Based on my review of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation, Administrative Investigation, your insubordination by deliberately refusing to obey a lawful order personally given by a superior officer/supervisor, and your repeated failure to adhere to established Brevard County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures; I am terminating your employment with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Ivey in the Administrative Investigation report.

“I want to remind you that any actions you take while employed as a Deputy Sheriff, both on and off duty, reflects on our agency and by conducting yourself in such a manner, you have tarnished the reputation of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.”

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