Officer-involved shooting investigated in Ft. Pierce

FT. PIERCE, Fla. - One person is in custody after a Fort Pierce police officer fired his weapon during an early-morning incident Thursday.

At 3:54 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious person call at 2206 South 26th Street.

Police said an Officer Michael Frazier made contact with a man, identified as Benjamin Graves, 50, in the area.

During this contact, a second person threatened the officer with a firearm, and Frazier fired his weapon in self-defense, say police.

Neither Frazier nor Graves were injured in this incident.

Police said the preliminary investigation has not determined if the second suspect was injured.

Frazier engaged the second suspect, and Graves struck the officer, according to police.

Officials said Graves then entered the officer's patrol vehicle but later fled the scene.

As other officers arrived on the scene, Graves was stopped about a block away from the original scene and taken into custody.

Graves has been charged with one count of grand theft and one count of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Graves was transported to the Saint Lucie County Jail. Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine the identity of the second person involved in the incident.

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