November 7, 2019 - Merritt Island Walmart Shooting Found Justifiable Self-Defense

Today (Nov 7), prosecutors announced that the deadly force used by Rashad Gibson (28) when he shot and killed Shawn Robbins (27) at the Merritt Island Walmart on June 2, 2019, was legally justified and amounted to self-defense.

The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. just inside the entrance of Walmart, 1500 East Merritt Island Causeway where Gibson worked as a manager. The investigation revealed that both men were involved in a relationship with the same woman, and that Robbins had gone to the store to confront Gibson about it. Robbins had previously made both verbal and text message threats to harm Gibson, and Gibson was aware Robbins was known to carry a firearm.

Gibson then armed himself with a firearm he brought to the store earlier that day. Soon after he was confronted by Robbins and fearing for his life, shot Robbins once. Robbins was taken to Rockledge Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. Gibson remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

After a careful and thorough review of all the evidence gathered in the Brevard Sheriff's and the State Attorneys Office investigations, an experienced team of prosecutors reached the decision that Gibson's use of force was justified, as he believed his life was in imminent danger and acted in self-defense.

While the investigation found that Gibson did posses a concealed firearm without a valid concealed weapon permit, the facts and circumstances established he had a reasonable fear for his safety and as a necessity to protect himself.

Todd Brown
Public Information &

(321) 617-7310
Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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