Brevard County cops were making small conversation with two people during a routine traffic check when they were thrust into a life-or-death situation. Deputy Tyler Thoman was conversing with a passenger near his patrol car, while Deputy Brian Potters was joking with a man who was still seated in the rear seat of the vehicle they had stopped.
Deputy Potters requested the guy to come out of the car so he could speak with Thoman, telling him that he would keep an eye on the 2-month-old infant and dog in the back seat. Within seconds, the passenger jumped out of the car, pulled out a gun, and began firing at the cops.
Paris Wilder, 38, shot Deputy Potters in the leg as authorities tried to get away from the perpetrator and return fire. Wilder was injured in the leg as well, but he kept firing at the cops as he limped around the trucks. Wilder quickly rushed around the police car and assaulted Deputy Potters from behind, severely striking him in the head with the butt of his weapon.
Deputy Thoman rapidly backed up to reload his weapon before confronting the subject and firing several bullets at close range. During the 30-second shootout, 61 bullets were fired. Wilder, a career criminal with a string of serious offenses, was pronounced dead at the scene. Fortunately, Deputy Potters was saved as a result of Deputy Thoman’s intervention.
The anti-law enforcement rabble, as expected, instantly criticized the cops. They questioned why the cops, specifically Deputy Thoman, had to fire so many bullets at the suspect in their defense of Paris Wilder. Luckily, the sheriff had the ideal reaction to such a charge.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey answered the subject of why his officer had to shoot Wilder so many times during a press conference. When asked what he felt of his deputies’ handling of the issue, the sheriff didn’t mince words.
Sheriff Ivey backed his deputies and praised them for their conduct. He is worried that Paris Wilder is still free despite his numerous convictions and arrests. Wilder was out on bail at the time for two felony narcotics offenses and had two current felony warrants.
Wilder was recognized as a “criminal offender,” having been arrested 40 times for crimes such as narcotics possession, armed robbery, severe assault, battery on a police officer, and tried first-degree murder.
Deputy Brian Potters was shot in the lower thigh and sustained a skull fracture as a result of the effect with the rifle’s buttstock. He was admitted to the hospital in stable condition, yet he was anticipated to heal.
Sheriff Ivey has every right to hold the justice system accountable for his deputies’ near-fatal encounter with a career criminal. There’s no denying that the culprit got what he earned, and the quantity of bullets was more than adequate.