Five St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies were cleared of charges Thursday in the September shooting death of a Port St. Lucie man.
A grand jury was convened Wednesday and ruled Thursday that the deputies were justified in fatally shooting Joshua Scott Sept. 20, following a standoff of more than six hours at his home on Southwest Abacus Avenue.
According to the sheriff’s office, investigators were trying to issue a court order for a mental health evaluation when Scott barricaded himself inside the house while armed with a gun. He fired shots from inside the house, then climbed out a window and aimed at SWAT members, who shot him dead, the sheriff’s office said.
On Thursday, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara issued a statement after the grand jury’s ruling.
“While any loss of life is tragic, I appreciate the brave actions taken by my deputies that night to keep themselves and our community safe,” he said. “Our thoughts continue to be with the Scott family and our hope is that today’s decision can help them continue down the road to peace and closure.”