Police identify 2 injured officers, 3 people shot to death in Palm Bay

PALM BAY, Fla. — Police said two officers were shot and injured Sunday, and 3 other people died during one man’s crime spree Sunday afternoon in Palm Bay.


Palm Bay Police Department have identified the victims from Sunday’s deadly shooting:

  • William Michael Kapas, 78
  • Robert John Hoeffner, 76
  • Sally Joan Hoeffner, 69

Investigators also released the names of its two department members who are recovering after being shot.

  • Officer Stephen Ball
  • Officer Nicholas Franze

Police said that the motive of Brandon Kapas, who died by police gunfire, remains unclear.

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The Palm Bay Police Department said Monday afternoon that detectives have discovered two more bodies in a Sunday afternoon shootout that left an armed man and another person dead and two police officers injured.


The shootings happened at about 2 p.m. Sunday, when police were called to a domestic disturbance at a home on Forgal Avenue Northeast, near Malabar Road and Interstate 95.

Police said Brandon Kapas, 24, was leaving the home and refused to comply with officers’ orders.

Investigators said Kapas then pulled out a gun and started shooting at officers, so they shot back at him.

Read: Police shoot man to to death after he killed someone, shot 2 Palm Bay police officers

Officials said two police officers were shot in that exchange of gunfire.

Police said more officers responded to the scene to try to capture Kapas, but he killed someone before police fatally shot him.

Detectives said Monday that they discovered two more bodies during their investigation.

Police have not released the names of anyone involved other than the gunman.

Read: Police chief: Suspect dead, 1 killed, 2 police officers shot in Palm Bay

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.