A pizza delivery person “acted in self defense” when he shot a killed a man who was trying to rob him, according to investigators.
The Inquisitr reports that Domino’s Pizza delivery driver Byron Park had just completed a delivery to a West Melbourne, Fla., hotel room and was sitting in his vehicle counting his money and tip. Park 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.
The 54-year-old Park reportedly pulled out his firearm and fired once toward Kelly, who was struck and pronounced dead at the scene, according to 13 News.
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 Park had his life threatened as he pulled a gun he kept in his car and fired the weapon toward Kelly, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
"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," said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. "The suspect in this investigation was released from prison in 2009, after serving a reduced sentence for similar violent crimes.”
Investigators said the 32-year-old Kelly had a lengthy violent criminal history, which included armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated battery.