Florida deputy fatally shoots teen burglary suspect

Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 12:08 AM EST
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By: Associated Press

December 1, 2019

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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