Cocoa man charged with attempted murder after row over bike parts

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A Cocoa man pulled out a silver pistol and shot another man outside a Fiske Boulevard convenience store about 10 minutes after he got into an altercation over bike parts, an arrest affidavit said. of the Cocoa Police Department.

Derrick Collins, 59, was arrested following the incident on Thursday afternoon. He faces charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Collins remained incarcerated Sunday at the Brevard County Correctional Complex on $160,000 bond, and will be arraigned Nov. 15 at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center in Viera.

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The shooting was reported around 4:40 p.m. Thursday near the F&T mini-mart on South Fiske Boulevard in Cocoa.

The victim told police that he and Collins had a dispute over bike parts, and Collins left the area. Then Collins got back on his bike, approached him, and fired a shot with a chrome handgun, according to the affidavit.

The confrontation was captured on surveillance video from the mini-market, according to the affidavit. Cocoa and Rockledge police arrested Collins at his home, and he confessed to the shooting and gave officers the semi-automatic handgun, according to the affidavit.

Collins also admitted to ‘shooting someone’ during a phone conversation inside the Cocoa Police Station reservation center, according to the affidavit, and surveillance footage of the confession was shown. as proof.

Rick Neale is the South Brevard Watchdog reporter at FLORIDA TODAY (for more of his stories, click here.) Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or [email protected]. Twitter: @RickNeale1

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