Space center guard arrested for shooting at police www.privateofficer.com
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. Nov. 24 2004– A heavily-armed security guard at the Kennedy Space Center is accused of shooting at his wife while wearing a bulletproof vest.
Joseph Brian Odom was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, use of a weapon in commission of a felony, child abuse and wearing a bulletproof vest during a felony.
Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies said they were called at about 2 a.m. to a home in an unincorporated area near Cocoa after a report that Odem, 30, fired at his wife.
Deputies saw Odom exit the home wearing a military-style ballistics vest and carrying a shotgun and a rifle, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Andrew Walters said.
A sheriff’s deputy fired three times at Odom, striking him once in the chest, after he disregarded orders to drop the weapons.
The single shot did not injure Odom because of the bulletproof vest, but was significant enough to knock him down, Walters said.
Odom also fired one of his weapons after the deputy shot his weapon.
No one was injured during the incident.
The deputy, whose name was not released, is on administrative leave per sheriff’s office policy while administrators investigate whether the deputy was justified in shooting, Walters said.
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