Deputies: Men posed as law enforcement before killing Kissimmee man

Video: Deputies: Men posed as law enforcement before killing Kissimmee man

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Osceola County deputies said two suspects accused of shooting and killing a Kissimmee man posed as law enforcement officers before robbing the victim.

Darvis Houston was shot and killed in March at an illegal after-hours gambling location, deputies said.

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Investigators said two masked men, now identified as Chrisson Nicolaas, 31, and Christopher Brooks, 30, walked into Versatile Motor Sports on Michigan Avenue after posing as law enforcement officers and robbed Houston.

Police said the men dressed in generic police gear.

A struggle ensued and Houston was shot and killed, deputies said.

Deputies said the suspects became persons of interests two weeks after the shooting.

“Once we identify a person of interest, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure if they commit a crime that could be repeated, that the public is not in danger,” said Capt. Jacob Ruiz of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said 27 days after the shooting, Brooks was arrested on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge.

The state has since dropped those charged.

Deputies said the incident nvolved a fight between two couples and has no similarities to the homicide they investigated for months.

Nicholaas was also slapped with drug charges during the homicide investigation.

Nicolaas and Brooks were arrested on first-degree murder charges this week. Deputies said other charges are pending.