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.
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