16-year-old killed in deputy-involved shooting, one at large: Sheriff

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A call to 911 for an attempted burglary ended in a fatal shooting early Sunday morning. (St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office)

A 16-year-old is dead and a second person is still at large early Sunday morning following a call to 911 about an attempted burglary, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office says.

The sheriff's office deputies responded to an attempted burglary call on Promenade Way in Fort Pierce around 3:30 a.m.

According to the sheriff's office, someone called 911 to report two men in dark clothing and hoodies trying to break into parked cars in a driveway. Deputies found a vehicle leaving the area and attempted a traffic stop, but the car fled.

“The driver did not stop and fled from the deputies crashing at 25th Street and Edwards Road,” Sheriff Mascara says. “When our deputies approached the vehicle, the driver fled again, running over one deputy’s foot.”

Deputies followed the car where it crashed again shortly before 4 a.m. near the intersection of 8th Street and Boston Avenue, according to the sheriff's office. Both the driver and passenger of the car fled on foot. Deputies found the driver of the car, 16-year-old Yemerson Melendez, in an area between Atlantic Avenue and Boston Avenue and he pulled a gun on a deputy.

The deputy drew his service weapon and fired, the sheriff says.

“The deputies immediately began to render aid while waiting for Fire Rescue personnel, who ultimately pronounced the victim deceased at 4:05 a.m.,” Mascara said.

The passenger of the vehicle has not been located, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office says both deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay. This incident is still under investigation and more information, including the identity of the suspect and deputies, will be released at a later time.

If anyone has any information regarding who might have been with Yemerson last night or early this morning, contact detectives at (772) 462-3230.