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Fla. deputy shot, killed in cruiser during traffic stop
Officer Down: Gary Morales - [Fort Pierce, Florida]
PoliceOne Member since 03/05/2009
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A St. Lucie County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed this morning during a traffic stop south of Fort Pierce, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
One suspect is in custody, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara. Sgt. Gary Morales — a 13-year agency veteran — was shot and killed in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace, Mascara said. He was 35.
At 9:28 a.m., deputies made a traffic stop on Naylor Terrace, just south of Edwards Road and south of Fort Pierce in unincorporated St. Lucie County. At some point during the traffic stop, a suspect got out of his vehicle and shot Sgt. Morales who was in his patrol car, deputies said.
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