Titusville Police arrested a juvenile after a pursuit by law enforcement that covered much of Brevard County at approximately 10:45 PM on Monday January 23rd 2017, who is suspected of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Attempted Murder by firing multiple gunshots into an occupied dwelling.
On January 4th 2017, Titusville Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Roosevelt Street. The investigation led to the arrest of Dante Sharod Hampton Jr, 14, of Titusville. On January 9th 2016 Hampton was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana and Resisting an Officer without Violence. On January 10th 2017, the suspect was released by the Department of Juvenile Justice on Home Detention with electronic monitoring by way of an ankle monitor.
On January 16th 2016 Hampton cut off his ankle monitor.
On January 18th 2017, police responded to multiple shots fired into an occupied dwelling in the area of Burning Tree Drive. The preliminary investigation revealed that Dante Sharod Hampton Jr. was the suspected shooter in the crime.
Investigators observed Hampton and another male getting into a reported stolen Nissan Sentra at the River Breeze Apartments, located on South Washington Avenue (U.S. #1) at approximately 10 :00 PM on January 23rd 2017.
The vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed and officers pursued. The pursuit continued out of city limits onto southbound I 95. Law enforcement deployed stop sticks and disabled the vehicle on southbound I 95 at the Wickham Road exit. A short time later, the two suspects fled the vehicle into the nearby woods and were quickly taken into custody with the assistance of BCSO K9 Unit and STAR.
A loaded 9 mm handgun was recovered from the center console of the stolen vehicle.
Dante Sharod Hampton Jr. was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder with a Firearm, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Violation of Home Detention and Tampering with an Electronic Monitor Device. He is currently being held at the Juvenile Detention Center awaiting an appearance before a judge.
The driver of the vehicle, Gary Anthony ThomasJr., 19, of Titusville, was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Eluding at a High Speed, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Damage and Driving with a Suspended License. Thomas is being held at the Brevard County Jail with a $22,000 bond.
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