A 55-year-old man has been identified as the gunman in a murder-suicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood.
City police say that Donald Shaffer shot and killed Josh Barran, 29, then turned the gun and killed himself. Prior to the shooting, Shaffer followed a pickup occupied by his estranged wife and Barran, who were in a dating relationship, police said.
As Barran picked pulled into a driveway near Southwest Savona Boulevard and Southwest Fletcher Lane, Shaffer walked up and shot him, police. The truck was still in drive and accelerated forward before coming to a rest against a home on the 1300 block of Southwest Fletcher Lane, near Southwest Savona Boulevard.
Shaffer shot himself while standing near the pickup’s passenger door, police said. Barran was taken to a hospital, where he died. Shaffer’s wife was not harmed.
The Port Saint Lucie Police Department is currently investigating a Homicide at the Intersection of SW Savona Boulevard and SW Fletcher Lane. pic.twitter.com/XZBPzkGk5z— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) March 7, 2018
Police say Shaffer and his wife were in the process of getting divorced.
Investigators say they recovered one .357 magnum revolver and two spent shell casings.