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Sheriff: Florida deputy fatally shoots teen burglary suspect

1 year 3 days 23 hours ago Sunday, December 01 2019 Dec 1, 2019 December 01, 2019 8:15 PM December 01, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff says a deputy fatally shot a 16-year-old burglary suspect who pointed a gun at him following a brief chase.
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara says the shooting happened early Sunday after deputies responded to a burglary call.
 
Two deputies spotted a car leaving the area and pursued it. Mascara says the driver crashed the vehicle and then sped away and ran over a deputy’s foot as authorities approached.
 
The vehicle crashed again, and the driver and passenger fled. Mascara says the driver “aggressively resisted all attempts to comply” with a deputy’s orders. When he pulled a firearm, Mascara says the deputy fired, striking and killing him.
 
Authorities initially said the man was 20, but later identified him as 16-year-old Yemerson Melendez.
 
The deputy is on administrative leave.

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