Cops: Flea market arson suspect kills himself

Published On: Jun 26 2013 07:04:11 AM EDT
PORT ST JOHN, Fla. -

Investigators believe the main suspect in the arson that tore through a landmark Port St. John flea market killed himself during a standoff with the Brevard County Sheriff’s SWAT team Friday, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

The 26-year-old man's name has not been released.

Deputy Maria Fernez said that deputies had wanted to question the man about his possible involvement in the arson and a burglary at Skeeter Lagoon Family Grill, which occurred shortly before the June 11th fire.

The arson suspect was also wanted by Cocoa Police on charges of aggravated battery and burglary.

Friday afternoon, a tip led deputies to a home on Riverside Avenue in Merritt Island, according to Brevard Sheriff's Lt. Mike Scully. The suspect refused to surrender and deputies surrounded the house.

“Upon entry of our swat team, he was deceased in the home,” Scully said.

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