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Sebastian officer, suspect injured in bar shooting identified

Posted at 4:16 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 07:03:21-04

A Sebastian police officer and a gunman were transported to the hospital after several shots were fired at an area bar Monday night. 

At about 10:20 p.m. the Sebastian Police Department received information of a suspect, identified as Ward Kenyon, wanted on a warrant at Earl's Hideaway located 1405 Indian River Dr.

As two officers began to escort Kenyon from the establishment, police say Kenyon struggled with the officers and drew a pistol.

According to police, Officer Tegpreet “Preet” Singh attempted to grab the gun. Both Singh and Kenyon fell to the floor and fought over the firearm, which was fired by Kenyon.

Another officer, Braeden Nevue, drew his firearm and engaged Kenyon and the officers were able to gain control of Kenyon.

Sebastian Operations Commander John Blackledge said it is unclear if Officer Singh was hit by Kenyon's bullets.

“This man’s a hero.  He was trying to protect citizens and public and he was confronted with a deadly force situation and he did an amazing job,” said Commander Blackledge.

Police said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an independent review of the shooting with the assistance of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

Ward Kenyon is currently in custody under criminal charges for an existing warrant for a violation of probation from a previous violent crime.