A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputy has died after being shot during a traffic stop this morning, authorities say.
Sgt. Gary Morales, 35, made the stop in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace, south of Fort Pierce in unincorporated St. Lucie County, about 9:30 a.m. During the stop, a suspect got out of his vehicle and shot the sergeant, who was in his patrol car.
The sergeant was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce where he later died.
Morales was promoted to sergeant Jan. 18. He was a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Mascara said.
Authorities say they have a suspect in custody.
While the investigation continues, traffic will be shut down in the area of the 3200 block of Oleander Avenue.
In an unrelated incident about an hour earlier, a veteran Port St. Lucie police lieutenant was shot in the lower left leg after police went to a domestic incident that turned into a standoff, TCPalm reported.
Lt. Ron Caudell was treated and released from a hospital after being struck by gunfire during the incident in the 1100 block of Southwest Estaugh Avenue.
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