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 December 19th, 2012  
Criminal suspect hospitalized after confrontation in Fort Pierce with St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies and Fort Pierce police officers, according to Sheriff Mascara
 
A criminal suspect who fled in a car from St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies and Fort Pierce police officers and later rammed a squad car and drove at law officers has been hospitalized, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

The suspect, whose name will not be released this evening, sustained injuries after he drove directly at officers and deputies who were out of their cars and fired at the suspect in self defense, Sheriff Mascara said.

The incident began around 7:47 p.m. near 22nd Street and Avenue G, Fort Pierce, where deputies and officers on an anti-crime detail began pursuing the suspect. At 7:56, the pursuit was called off.

A Sheriff's helicopter spotted the suspect about a minute later, and the driver of the vehicle tried to ram deputies as they drove toward his location.

The suspect drove erratically on the grass playground of Dan McCarty Middle School near Virginia Avenue and 13th Street.The vehicle rammed a Sheriff's Office patrol car and then drove directly at officers and deputies who were out of their cars.

At that point, deputies and officers fired gunshots, and the suspect stopped fleeing. He was taken by St. Lucie County fire rescue to a local hospital.

The names of the officers and deputies involved will not be released this evening while the incident is under investigation.

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