St. Lucie Sheriff shoots teen who stole car and rammed police car
St Lucie County, Fl (treasuecoast.com)- Sheriff Ken Mascara announced that his agency is investigating an officer-involved shooting. It occurred Thursday morning and resulted from an interaction with a suspect in a stolen vehicle.
According to the Sheriff, a vehicle reported stolen out of the City of Fort Pierce was located by deputies at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the area of King Orange Drive and Mura Drive.
“When our deputies pulled into the apartment complex where the vehicle was located, the driver ignored all commands to stop and exit the vehicle and instead rammed one patrol vehicle before fleeing toward another deputy then crashing through a concrete wall,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
According to the Sheriff, a deputy, fearing for his life, fired his service weapon at the oncoming vehicle, striking the suspect in the leg.
“The suspect was eventually located in a wooded areas by a K9 near Digorgio Road and Oleander Avenue,” Mascara said. “He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and then released.”
According to the Sheriff, the suspect was identified as Lionel Manasteme Jeanbaptiste. He is 14.
Charges are currently pending during the remaining investigation.
Charges related to the stolen vehicle will be handled by the Fort Pierce Police Department.
The Sheriff’s office said no further information will be released today