A Domino’s Pizza driver shot a would-be robber in Central Florida.
Byron Park, 54, a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, had just finished a delivery to a room at the Days Inn and was sitting in his vehicle counting his money and tip. He was waiting for his next delivery call when former felon Fredrick Kelly, Jr. approached him with a knife, threatening to kill him and demanding his money. What the robber got, though, was not what he’d planned on.
Fredrick Kelly, Jr. was given a bullet from Byron Park’s firearm at almost point blank range.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting which happened in West Melbourne shortly before midnight on Friday. Brevard County spokesperson Lieutenant Tod Goodyear said in a release that Byron Park had his life threatened as he pulled a gun he kept in his car and fired the weapon toward Fredreck Lorenza Kelly, Jr.. The 32-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after the Domino’s Pizza driver shot the robber.
The body was delivered to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The would-be robber had a long list of previous criminal charges which included armed robbery and other violent crimes, as well as false imprisonment.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, “Preliminary evidence in the case demonstrates that the intended victim of the robbery acted in self defense while being robbed by a violent criminal who was armed with a knife. The suspect in this investigation was released from prison in 2009, after serving a reduced sentence for similar violent crimes.”
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The general manager at the Days Inn in West Melbourne had no comment on the situation.
This particular shooting was reportedly in self defense, and the gun owner had been armed on the job. Incidents like this one would undoubtedly prove that sometimes owning a gun can actually prevent further crimes, and sensible people can own firearms.
Domino’s Pizza driver Byron Park shot the robber, and we can only hope he ends up being called a hero for his efforts.