No criminal charges to be filed in March 14 Sportsman's Park shooting death case

 

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- No criminal charges will be filed in the March 14 shooting near Sportsman's Park that left a 25-year-old man dead, Port St. Lucie police said Friday.

The Port St. Lucie Police Department conducted a very lengthy and comprehensive investigation into the shooting death of Marcus Samuel, police spokesperson Tom Nichols said.

After reviewing facts, evidence and witness statements, Nichols said the State Attorney's Office could not overcome a self-defense claim,  and therefore no criminal charges were fired against Terry McKeliver.

Police said Samuel died after an altercation with McKeliver, a 22-year-old Fort Pierce resident with whom Samuel was playing basketball with at Sportsman's Park.

Police said the dispute continued into a parking lot across the street, where shots were fired before McKeliver and Jean Yves Toussaint, 20, fled in a vehicle.

The driver, McKeliver, eventually stopped in Fort Pierce following a pursuit by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputies. McKeliver and Toussaint, who were found with more than a dozen bags of marijuana, were arrested, but not in connection with the death, police said.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers contributed to this report.

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