FORT PIERCE — The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has a suspect in connection with the death of a deputy who was shot and killed Thursday morning during a traffic stop south of Fort Pierce.
Photographers captured Eriese Alphonso Tisdale as he was transported by deputies to the county jail. He had a scowl on his face as he looked at reporters.
Tisdale faces charges of first degree premeditated murder, assault on an officer/firefighter/EMT, fleeing and eluding and possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon.
He is being held without bond and will make his first appearance in court Friday morning.
35-year-old Sgt. Gary Morales -- a 13-year agency veteran -- was shot and killed in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace.
Deputies chased the suspect to Oleander Avenue where they arrested him after he crashed his car.
Suspect: Eriese Alphonso Tisdale, photo: SLCSO
Sgt. Morales was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute where he was pronounced dead.
Tisdale's arrest record:
6/12/2012 Front seat passenger no seatbelt
9/27/2012 Driving while license suspended
8/13/2010 Possession of marijuana 20 grams
8/13/2010 Resisting arrest
3/21/2010 Possession of marijuana 20 grams
Source: St. Lucie County Clerk of Courts