Threats of suicide in Vero Beach leaves one dead in officer involved shooting

One deputy discharged their weapon leaving one person dead in Vero Beach.
One deputy discharged their weapon leaving one person dead in Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH – At approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 600 block of Carriage Lake Way, Vero Beach, after a 9-1-1 caller advised of a person threatening suicide.

While on the scene, one deputy discharged their weapon leaving one person dead.

No deputies were injured during this event.

The 19th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office is on scene along with detectives from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

They are currently seeking a search warrant for the residence to recover evidence in the investigation.

The deputy was placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice for deadly force incidents.

No further details are available at this time, due to the ongoing investigation.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar will provide more information at a media conference this morning at 11:00 a.m.

Anyone who is suicidal may receive immediate help by logging onto Suicide.org or by calling 1-800-SUICIDE. Suicide is preventable, and if you are feeling suicidal, you must get help. So please visit Suicide.org or call 1-800-SUICIDE immediately.

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