St. Lucie County deputies cleared in deadly 2016 shooting of Joshua Scott

Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 20, 2017

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies who shot an armed man last year after a standoff have been cleared.

A St. Lucie County Grand Jury handed down a ‘no true bill’ in the shooting of Joshua Scott, the sheriff’s office said.

On September 20, 2016, deputies tried to serve a court-ordered Baker act for the 22-year-old.

The sheriff’s office said he armed himself with a handgun, barricaded himself, and during a six-hour standoff fired multiple times inside the residence.

Eventually, he climbed out a window and when he pointed the gun at SWAT team members they fired, according to the sheriff’s office.

“While any loss of life is tragic, I appreciate the brave actions taken by my deputies that night to keep themselves and our community safe,” St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement. “Our thoughts continue to be with the Scott family and our hope is that today’s decision can help them continue down the road to peace and closure.”