3 dead after shooting in Port St. Lucie

3 dead after shooting in Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie, Fl (treasurecoast.com)-A dispute over a dog appears to have led to a deadly home invasion in Port St Lucie.

Investigators say the ordeal began that morning in court. One family reportedly complained about a neighbor’s dog, who Sheriff Ken Mascara said was ruled “dangerous” by a judge on Monday.

When everybody returned from the courthouse, the sheriff says the neighbor armed himself and went next-door.

It’s unclear exactly what happened next.

But, at 12:20 p.m., the teenage girl called 911 to say there was a man in her home, and she believed her parents may have been shot.

Port St Lucie Police responded to the 2500 block of SE Morningside Boulevard at 12:24 pm for reports of a neighbor dispute involving multiple shots fired inside of a residence. The caller, a juvenile, reported shots were fired inside of her home.

PSL Police arrived on scene to find an adult male dead and a thirteen-year-old female critically injured; later died at the hospital. SLC School Resource Deputy (was on-duty at South Port Middle School) heard the call and immediately went to assist PSLPD.


PSL Police and SLC Deputy encountered the suspect inside the home and exchanged gunfire. A PSL Police officer was hit and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  The Deputy managed to get a victim/child out of the residence. The SLCSO and PSLPD managed the inner and outer perimeters until the PSL SWAT Team arrived on scene and took over the perimeter.  As the SWAT Team made entry into the suspect’s residence, they found the suspect dead inside of the home.

A total of three people were dead on scene to include the suspect.  Two other victims were removed from the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for unknown treatment.  The two PSL Officers transported to the hospital; one shot in the arm with non-life-threatening injuries, the other PSL Officer is being medically treated; both are doing well.

The homicide investigation is being investigated by the PSLPD and the officer/deputy involved shooting is being investigated by the SLCSO.  The State Attorney’s Office is assisting with both investigations.

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