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Arrest made in fatal shooting near Fort Pierce

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 15:36:00-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announced an arrest Thursday afternoon in a fatal shooting that happened last week near Fort Pierce.

Investigators said Richard Eugene Avery, 45, was shot and killed at a home in the 600 block of South Market Avenue around 1 p.m. on March 9.

"A canvass of the neighborhood revealed several neighbors who shared information about a dark colored, newer model car seen leaving the residence in the moments after the gunshot was heard," said Sheriff Mascara at a news conference on Thursday.

The sheriff said a local business provided security camera footage that identified the suspect as Mikeal Sapp, 38.

Detectives found Sapp around 10 a.m. Thursday at a home in Martin County. He was taken into custody for first-degree murder, the sheriff said.

If you have any additional information about the crime, call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477, or the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office at 772-462-3230.