Sergeant Gary Morales St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Florida End of Watch: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sergeant Gary Morales | St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, FloridaSt. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sergeant Gary Morales

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 28, 2013
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
4700 West Midway Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: (772) 462-7300

Sergeant Gary Morales was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace, near Edwards Road, at approximately 9:30 am.
During the stop a subject exited the stopped vehicle and opened fire, striking Sergeant Morales as he sat his in his patrol car. He was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute where he was pronounced dead.
The subject was taken into custody.
Sergeant Morales was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and twin children.

FORT PIERCE — A St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed this morning during a traffic stop south of Fort Pierce, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

A suspect, Eriese Alphonso Tisdale, is in custody, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Sgt. Gary Morales — a 13-year agency veteran — was shot and killed in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace, Mascara said. He was 35.

At 9:28 a.m ., deputies made a traffic stop on Naylor Terrace, just south of Edwards Road and south of Fort Pierce in unincorporated St. Lucie County.

At some point during the traffic stop the sheriff’s office says Tisdale got out of his vehicle and shot Sgt. Morales who was in his patrol car, deputies said.

“It happened in a split second, you had a madman with a gun that was determined to shoot and kill this deputy," sheriff Mascara said.

"Sgt. Morales was shot multiple times," the sheriff said.

Deputies chased Tisdale to Oleander Avenue where they arrested him after he crashed his car.

Tisdale faces charges of first degree premeditated murder, assault on an officer/firefighter/emt, fleeing and eluding and possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon.
Sgt. Morales was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute where he was pronounced dead.

"Today is one of these days that deadly consequences occurred and we lost a hero today," said sheriff Mascara.

Morales is survived by a wife, two children and a brother. The brother also is a deputy with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Mascara said.

“He (Morales) was a bright young guy,” who the sheriff said was passionate about his job.

The area of the 3200 block of Oleander Avenue was closed to traffic for hours for the investigation.
Morales was promoted to sergeant on Jan. 18, 2013.

This was the second police officer in less than 24 hours who was shot. A Port St. Lucie officer was shot Wednesday night while responding to a domestic violence call.

Morales was a native of the Bronx, New York. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in October 2000.

The last time a deputy was killed in St. Lucie County was in October of 2005. During defensive tactics training, Master Deputy Joseph P. Hover was injured and later died as a result of complications from surgery.

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1 Response to “Sergeant Gary Morales St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Florida End of Watch: Thursday, February 28, 2013”


  1. 1 Joan Parker February 28, 2013 at 21:07

    Rest In Peace Sergeant Morales…


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