PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – A Port St. Lucie police officer is on administrative leave with pay while authorities investigate the shooting of a 44-year-old man in his bedroom.
Police were called early Sunday to the home Manuel Salvador Morales Jr. shared with his parents because relatives said Morales was threatening himself with knives. Police spokesman Tom Nichols says two officers confronted Morales, who was armed and failed to comply with their commands. No additional details about the confrontation or how Morales was armed were released.
Nichols says Officer Albert Riccardi fired two shots at Morales, who was hit twice in the torso and pronounced dead at a hospital.
Morales' sister says he had recently been treated for schizophrenia and had been drinking Saturday night.