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#Miami_Chronicles Brevard deputy is accused in the death of 22-year-old Clarence Mahogany Howard.

A Brevard County deputy is facing second-degree murder charges after officials say he shot and killed a man during a road rage incident. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the charges against 32-year-old Yousef Hafza Tuesday. Hafza, who was not on duty at the time of the shooting, is accused in the death of 22-year-old Clarence Mahogany Howard. 

The shooting happened around 11 a.m. on June 19 in Palm Bay. According to FDLE, Hafza's car almost collided with the car Howard was riding in on Emerson Drive.


Agents say after the near collision, Howard's friend, who was driving, followed Hafza. Eventually, both cars stopped and all three men got out.

Investigators did not detail what happened next but say "During the interaction, Hafza fired his weapon" killing Howard. The driver of the car was not hurt.


According to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Hafza did not identify himself as a deputy at any point during the incident and was not acting in a law enforcement capacity.

Hafza is also facing attempted murder charges.


He is being held in the Brevard County Jail without bail. He was suspended without pay pending an internal investigation, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said Tuesday.


A 22-year-old man was shot dead in Palm Bay, Florida, by an off-duty Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy in a fit of uncontrolled road rage late Sunday morning, marking the latest in incidents involving police coming unhinged and targeting civilians.

Deputy Yousef Hafza, a veteran cop with 11 years in law enforcement, shot Clarence Mahogany X. Howard in an apparent case of road rage, though details about what took place remain murky, unnamed investigators told local ABC affiliate, WFTV 9.

“There were no witnesses to the exact incident other than the person who was in the vehicle,” stated Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. He added without clarifying, “There was somebody who came up right after.”

WFTV 9 reported Howard had followed the Hafza for a time prior to the shooting, though the deputy was not injured in the apparent confrontation.

“It appears to be what resulted from a road rage incident that started several miles from this location,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “It appears that it escalated and at one point there was a subject that was shot.”

Astonishingly, Hafza has been placed only on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Though WFTV 9 did not indicate whether or not this would include pay, administrative leave ordinarily denotes the officer will be given paid ‘desk duty.’

Though Ivey claimed the aggressor in the incident hasn’t been fully determined, Howard did not fire any shots — and Hafza robbed the young man of his life.

A second person — whose identity has not been publicly released — had been present in Howard’s vehicle.

Hafza called 911 after shooting Howard, and Brevard County firefighters transported him to Holmes Regional Medical Center, though he later succumbed to his injuries.

As WFTV 9 noted, whether or not Hafza used his service weapon to shoot Howard remains unknown.
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