PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Three people, including the alleged shooter, are dead following a Monday incident that stemmed from a neighborhood dispute over a dog, according to Florida law enforcement officials. .
One of the dead is a 13-year-old girl, said Port St. Lucie Police Department Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro. A Port St. Lucie police officer was wounded after the suspect exchanged gunfire with an officer and a sheriff’s deputy.
“When the call came out … the caller said there’s someone in our house and shooting my parents,” Sheriff Ken Mascara said, standing near the scene.
Del Toro said police received reports of people shot in a home. Officers found an adult man dead, while a 13-year-old girl was critically injured. She later died at a hospital. The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m.
A neighbor, Frank Didonna, 81, said he heard gunshots, followed by the arrival of law enforcement vehicles.
“All the sudden I heard about four or five shots, one after the other, boom, boom, boom,” Didonna said.
Officials did not release the names of the victims.
“Our officers encountered the suspect inside the victim’s home,” Del Toro said. “Our officers and a deputy, actually, who was working at the school across the street, responded to the scene immediately and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.”
Del Toro said the incident appeared to stem from a neighborhood dispute over a dog.
“The dog was declared dangerous today in court, and he owned the dog and he went over there to confront his neighbors and this is what happened,’’ Del Toro said.
Del Toro said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the shooter took his own life. The relationship between the 13-year-old girl and the deceased adult man also wasn’t immediately known.
Mascara said a sheriff’s deputy was performing a safety inspection at a nearby school, heard the call and ran across the street.
“Our deputy continued to engage him and actually took one of the victims out of the home,” Mascara said.
Contributing: Corey Arwood
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This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Florida shooting: 3 dead, officer hurt in dispute over 'dangerous' dog