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Deadly officer-involved shooting in Port St. Lucie

Victim ID'd as 25-year-old Samson Fleurant
Posted at 4:05 PM, Nov 18, 2016

Port St. Lucie police have confirmed that there was an officer-involved shooting in the city Friday.

Police say they responded to a disturbance call at a home in the 600 block of SW Colleen Avenue.

A 911 call was made by a family member who said a man was acting erratically and cutting up the front yard with a machete, according to police.

There was an encounter and Officer Kenneth Frid with the Port St. Lucie Police Department, tried to subdue  25-year-old Samson Fleurant with a Taser, according to a police spokesman.

Officer Frid is a 47-year-old white man with 11 years of service with PSLPD.

When that was not successful a second officer, K-9 Officer Colin Duncombe, fired his weapon because the man continued to approach with the machete, police said. 

Officer Duncombe is a 47-year-old black man with 18 years of service with PSLPD, according to a spokesperson. 

“The officers initially engaged and he advanced toward them,” Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc said.

The man who was shot later died at a hospital.

The officer was not injured.

Also at the scene were  Sergeant Tara Pavlyshin, a 44 year-old white woman with 15 years of service with PSLPD, and District Commander on scene Lieutenant Leo Niemczyk, a white 47-year-old male with 14 years of service with PSLPD, said a spokesperson. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting at the request of Port St Lucie police.  
 
Samson's father Ylovy says he has many questions about the shooting. He says he doesn't think his son would ever hurt anyone.
 
He hopes answers come soon.
 
"Ask for prayer because I know one day God will deal with it."