Police: Officer fatally shoots suspect armed with machete

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2016 7:52 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida officer shot and killed a 25-year-old man threatening officers with a machete.

Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Frank Sabol says officers had gone to a home Friday afternoon after getting a call about a disturbance and found Samson Fleurant inside, armed with a machete.

Sabol says in a press release that one officer shocked the man with an electric stun gun, but Fleurant continued to advance with the machete. Sabol says another officer then shot the man.

Fire officials initially reported that Fleurant was hospitalized in extremely critical condition, but police later said that he had died.

Police say Fleurant was black. The officer who shot Fleurant is black, and the officer who used the Taser is white.

Port St. Lucie is on the Atlantic coast, about 50 miles north of Palm Beach.