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Deputy, suspect identified in Martin County deputy-involved shooting

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 14:59:32-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — The Martin County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy and suspect involved in a deputy-involved shooting on Monday.

It happened at 3341 SE Ferndale Avenue in the Golden Gate community.

MCSO said Deputy William Baker, Jr. was forced to open fire when 32-year-old Warren Pugh came at him with a pair of scissors.

Deputies were called Monday afternoon to remove Pugh for trespassing at a home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

According to an incident report, Pugh had a no trespass order issued against him on Jan. 15, but returned to the home Monday.

"He’s got a history of being violent to the parents, the family, law enforcement, everybody all the way around," Lt. Michael Dougherty told WPTV on Monday.

The Sheriff's Office said Pugh refused to comply with a deputy's commands, then charged at deputies with with scissors, making a stab motion with them.

"Deputies gave him commands, drop the scissors, drop the scissors. They refused, he kept charging at them," said Lt. Dougherty.

Deputy Baker fired one shot, hitting Pugh in the stomach, according to MCSO.

The Sheriff's Office said Pugh is in the hospital in critical, but stable condition. Charges against him are pending.

Deputy Baker is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.