Frances K. Sweet: Man dead after standoff at Fort Pierce home, sheriff says

FORT PIERCE -- A man has been found dead inside the home where he barricaded himself this afternoon, Sheriff's Office officials said Tuesday night.

Investigators cannot yet confirm the identity of the man, said Sgt. Adam Goodner, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

At about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, a noise complaint of loud, obscene music being played was phoned in from Francis K. Sweet Elementary, 1400 Avenue Q, Goodner said.

St. Lucie County deputies went to the home in the 1500 block of Avenue Q, knocked and a man who had a gun opened the garage at the house on the corner of North 15th Street, officials said.

A deputy fired his gun at the man, who retreated.

The home and area were surrounded by law enforcement. Crime scene investigators, the bomb squad, SWAT and the Sheriff's Office armored vehicle were all on scene.

Attempts to contact the man were made, Goodner said, but those attempts were unsuccessful.

The SWAT team deployed chemical agents into the house, but after still receiving no response, a remote controlled camera was used to look through the garage door, Goodner said.

There, deputies could see a man lying on the garage floor. Officials entered the house and found the man dead, Goodner said.

The cause of death is to be determined, Goodner said. The entire event lasted just under four hours.

During the incident, students and staff at the afterschool programs at F.K. Sweet were placed on lockdown. They were transported via school bus to the cafeteria at Lincoln Park Academy, where parents were able to pick up students.

Investigators are processing the crime scene and are expected to be at this location for several hours, Goodner said.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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