BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — The Bradenton Police Department is investigating a shooting after a man was found dead outside of a home early Sunday morning.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., the victim, a 31-year-old, got into a domestic argument outside of his home, which escalated into him yelling at his neighbors.

According to the police department, the man then armed himself with a machete, entered a neighboring yard, and approached Bruce Brooks, 35, who was sleeping in the home’s carport.

Bradenton police said Brooks stated that he saw the victim coming with the machete and “shot the victim with a handgun in self-defense.”

When police arrived at the home on 11th Avenue East, they found the 31-year-old man suffering from two gunshot wounds. BPD said the man died after being taken to the hospital for treatment. Police said “multiple witnesses” watched the scene unfold.

Following the shooting, Brooks, who has a prior felony conviction, left the scene but later contacted the Homicide Task Force.

According to the Bradenton Police Department, Brooks was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case, call Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9356 or email him at

Police say a cash reward of $3,000 is available for anyone who gives useful information to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip through