Deputies: Trooper shot in Cocoa; teen suspect dead

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office has identified the teenager killed by a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol late Sunday night.

Zane Terryn, 15, of Palm Bay was shot by the trooper who returned fire after first being shot by Terryn, according to investigators.  Terryn was a passenger in a car being driven by his girlfriend, 16-year-old Morgan McNeil, also of Palm Bay.

The shooting occurred at the Pilot Gas Station, located at 4455 West King Street in Cocoa, at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Deputies said the trooper, identified as Lt. Channing Taylor, had just parked at the gas station and approached the teens to speak with them after he saw that the headlights on their vehicle were inoperable.

"As the trooper was speaking with McNeil, Terryn, who was the passenger in the vehicle, produced a firearm and began shooting at the trooper. The trooper was struck by one of the rounds in the shoulder," said Maj. Tod Goodyear with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.  "The trooper returned fire with one round striking Terryn."

According to investigators, McNeil then fled in the vehicle but struck a boat that was being pulled by a pickup truck on SR 520.   Assisting troopers responded and took her into custody.

Terryn was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Lt. Taylor, was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and has since been released.

"The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is conducting the death Investigation concerning the incident and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an independent and parallel investigation relating to the use of force," Maj. Goodyear added.

Maj. Goodyear said the investigation determined that the teens had allegedly established a plan of driving to Ohio and that McNeil had taken a handgun and money from a relative's home, after which they began driving north on Interstate 95 in McNeil's vehicle. Police say the teens were driving as a part of a suicide pact.

McNeil is being charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and second-degree felony murder. She is currently being held without bond.
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