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Report: Fatally Shot Man Tried to Run Florida Officer Down With Car

April 25, 2016  | 

A fatal officer-involved shooting occurred after a driver attempted to flee a traffic stop and ran over one of the two Fort Pierce (FL) Police Department police officers conducting the stop in Fort Pierce Saturday night, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.

The officer was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute with a leg injury. He was treated and released, reports WPTV.

Mascara, whose agency is investigating the incident, said the second officer was partially inside the vehicle attempting to stop the driver and was trapped.

According to the sheriff, the driver, who was reportedly fleeing on foot when he was shot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The driver was identified as 21-year-old Demarcus Semer," said Sheriff Mascara. "Semer has no prior arrests in St. Lucie County. Our detectives are continuing to fully investigate this incident and no further information is available at this time," Mascara said.

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kevcopAz @ 4/26/2016 1:03 PM

Be it that there are little details in this story, unknown why the officer was "trapped" partially inside the vehicle. Not being critical..bad tactics or bad luck? As one who investigated OIS before I am here to tell you that we place ourselves in positions that we know are not tactically sound and then when it "hits the fan" we have little choice to shoot or use other deadly force. Just saying, LEOs be smart and think tactically before you do anything. Natural reaction is to grab the driver to "stop" him if he begins too less in the vehicle. But here is another example of a vehicle out weighing a cop by a whole lot and the cop losing.Thank God he was not seriously injured. What really would have happened if the bad guy drove away and the coup just "let go or got out of the way"? He probably would have beens topped later and arrested and the cop would not be in cured and the suspect would not be dead. Sometimes we all let our "competitive spirt" and "tomb stone courage" get in the way.

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