Lt. Ronald Caudell, Port St. Lucie officer, shot answering a call

A Port Saint Lucie police officer is recovering at home, after he was shot during a domestic disturbance call.

Officers first arrived at a home in the 1100 block of S.W. Estaugh Avenue around 8:45 Wednesday night. The complaint was about loud music. Police then left, but were called back to the same house around 11 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found two teens and their mother outside. Inside was Robert Frey who reportedly had a gun.

Police say Frey refused to come outside. Around 1 a.m.,  officers say Frey walked out through the back of the house with a shotgun. Officers fired with what they call "less lethal special impact munitions". He was hit in the torso. Frey reportedly returned fire, hitting 62-year-old Lt. Ronald Caudell in the leg.

Frey went back to the house until negotiators talked him into surrendering after 5 a.m.

Edel Hippolite lives across the street from Frey. He works the late shift and was not allowed back into his home until Frey was arrested. "I told police I needed to get home because my wife had to get to work."   

 Lt. Caudell was hospitalized, then released. He still has 9 pellets in his leg.

Frey will appear in court Friday morning. He's charged with attempted homicide and resisting officers with violence.

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