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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot in Fort Pierce Thursday about 9:28 a.m. during a routine traffic stop in south Fort Pierce on Naylor Terrace, said Sheriff Ken Mascara said.

The unidentified assailant was arrested unharmed a quarter-mile away after he crashed his vehicle.

The slain deputy is Sgt. Gary Morales, 35, a 13-year veteran of the department.

“We lost a hero today,” Mascara said at the shooting scene as he prepared to visit Morales’ family.

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

Mascara said he was listening to radio transmissions about the traffic stop that was in a residential neighborhood south of the intersection of King Orange Drive. “It was like hundreds of calls you hear.”

Then came a transmission about a shooting. Morales and another deputy were at the scene when gunfire erupted, killing Morales.

Sometime during the stop, “the suspect got out of his vehicle and shot Sgt. Morales, who was in his patrol car,” according to sheriff’s officials.

The assailant drove off and was pursued until he crashed his vehicle a quarter-mile south on Oleander Avenue. A firearm was recovered.

Until the shooting, the traffic stop was routine. “It just shows you how much danger they are in every day,” the sheriff said.

Mascara said “He (Morales) was a bright young guy who was passionate about his job. He was on the sheriff’s SWAT team and was promoted to sergeant a month ago.

The deputy’s death is the first in the department since 1999, when a deputy on a motorcycle died.

The shooting scene was closed off as deputies investigate the incident. The area around 3200 block of Oleander Avenue will be closed to traffic for the next few hours as the investigation continues.

This was the second law-enforcement officer in less than 12 hours who was shot in the county. A Port St. Lucie officer was shot Wednesday night while responding to a domestic violence call.

Port St. Lucie police Lt. Ron Caudell was treated and released from a hospital after being struck in the leg by pellets from a shotgun while at a home in the 1100 block of Southwest Estaugh Avenue.

RIP brother.....:USA:angel
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