Police identify man shot after allegedly pulling gun on officer at Cocoa apartment complex

Cocoa police have identified the man who was shot after he allegedly pointed a gun at an officer and security guard at an apartment complex Thursday afternoon.

Dexter Bray, 51, is currently in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the Cocoa Police Department, Bray has an active felony warrant for aggravated assault with a firearm. He will face additional charges relating to Thursday’s incident.

Police said the shooting happened around 3 p.m. at the Village Green apartments near Dixon Blvd. and Clearlake Road.

According to police, a tow truck driver was attempting to remove a vehicle from the property when a security guard asked a police officer to be on standby. When the officer arrived to the apartment complex, a man – now identified as Bray – opened the door to his apartment armed with a handgun and allegedly pointed it at the security officer and the police officer, the police department said.

Both the security guard and the police officer shot at Bray who was shot and later transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center. 

"He pointed a gun at the officer and security guard and they both shot at the suspect," explained Cocoa Police Chief Evander Collier. "The suspect was shot at least one time. We don't know if the officer shot him or the security guard shot him at this time."

Police said the officer, security guard, and tow truck driver were not hurt.

Officials do not know who fired the gun at Bray yet.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting, which is standard protocol for law enforcement-involved shootings.

Bray is facing multiple charges involving aggravated assault with a firearm against a police officer and a security officer.