Two people were killed, including a suspect, and two police officers were wounded in a shootout in Florida


Two people were killed and two police officers were injured in Palm Bay, Florida, on Sunday afternoon when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call, according to local authorities.

The two officers encountered an armed 24-year-old man when they arrived, Palm Bay Police Chief Mariano Augello said during a news conference on Sunday.

Police said there was an exchange of gunfire between the officers and the man. According to Augello, the suspect fled the scene after shooting at the officers and was pursued by police.

“Our officers did what they were trained to do. This is to neutralize and stop the threat to our community,” the chief said. Augello said the suspect was killed after engaging officers “with deadly force.”

He added: “As a result of (the suspect’s) direct actions, another victim who I will not name at the present time also died.”

Augello said the two officers who were shot were being treated “at a local hospital and will remain alive.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Palm Bay is a city about 74 miles southeast of Orlando.

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