Man Attempts to Stop Vehicles with a Pipe in Melbourne

A man tried to stop traffic using a pipe in Melbourne, Florida.
A man tried to stop traffic using a pipe in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE – On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Melbourne Police Department received an anonymous call about a bald white male, in his 40’s with dark colored pants standing in the roadway pointing a pipe at vehicles snd attempting to stop them with the pipe.

The defendant was later identified at the Brevard County Jail as 46-year-old, Shawn Patrick Burgess of Satellite Beach.

The first officer on the scene located Burgess digging a hole on the side of the road with the pipe. He began walking to him, and when he saw the officer approaching, he raised the pipe above his head and walked toward him. The officer told him to put the pipe down, but he refused and continued to walk towards him.

As the Burgess got close to the officer, the officer grabbed him to detain him. But, the defendant swung the pipe at him almost striking him, according to the affidavit.

The officer pushed the defendant away from him and drew his department-issued Taser. Burgess ran across the roadway as the officer followed and gave commands to stop. The defendant stopped and laid down on the ground.

Upon searching Burgess, law enforcement found Methamphetamine that was submitted into evidence. The officer also saw the defendant throw a small glass pipe, which was recovered next to him in the grass.

Burgess was charged with Aggravated Assault on LEO., two counts of Resisting Officer Without Violence, Hallucinogen – Manufacture Sch II, Poss/Use Drug Paraphernalia, and Poss/Use Drug Paraphernalia.

Burgess was transported to the Brevard County Sheriff Office where his bond was set at $9,000.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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