St. Lucie Co. deputy shoots, kills armed suspect, sheriff's office says

A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office detective serving on a U.S. Marshals Service task force shot and killed an attempted murder suspect Friday, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the detective was with other members of the task force, including an Indian River County deputy, to serve a search warrant on 39-year-old Jamalis Hall who was wanted for attempted murder in Indian River County.

They had been looking for him after they say he had a violent confrontation with his wife that left her badly injured.

He was tracked to his mother's house in Fort Pierce.

Hall was in a van leaving a home in the 1000 block of Mayflower Road when task force members stopped it, the sheriff’s office said.

Hall was lying on the floor and armed with a knife which he refused to drop when ordered to do so, the sheriff’s office said. 

“He reached for a fillet knife in the van, grabbed it, and that's when he was shot and killed,” St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said.

He was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff.

"We are thankful that none of our deputies or St. Lucie County deputies were severely injured trying to apprehend this dangerous fugitive," Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a release.

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