FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- - Just as many residents along Naylor Terrace in Fort Pierce were opening their eyes and welcoming a new day, they were awoken by the sounds the gunshots that killed St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Gary Morales.
"Right off the bat just bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. All the birds in the brush right behind our house just flew out," said Kevin McLoughlin, who lives right across the street from where Sgt. Morales was shot and killed.
The person who pulled the trigger according to investigators, Eriese Tisdale, 25.
Investigators said after Tisdale fired the shots, he sped off to Oleander Avenue.
"Cars were all over the place. I mean there was just cops everywhere," said McLoughlin.
Deputies said they chased Tisdale along Oleander Avenue where he eventually crashed his car into a wooden pole. Deputies swarmed the car, arrested Tisdale and ended their high-speed pursuit of the man they said shot and killed one of their own.
"I was sitting out there, somebody got killed. With all the kids that are out there, if one of those bullets went somewhere else it could have killed anybody," said Robin Rojas, who lives near where the shooting took place.
McLoughin, a Marine who has served overseas in Iraq, said he has seen people go down before, but on Thursday, it hit too close to home.
"It's hard to watch, it bothers you. For all I know, that could have been me," said McLoughlin.
Investigators are still trying to figure out why shots were fired and why Sgt. Morales made the traffic stop.
Tisdale is faces charges of first degree murder, assault on an officer, fleeing and eluding and possession of weapon or ammo by a convicted felon.
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