Man Killed in Shooting Following Standoff with SWAT Officers in Port St. Lucie

A 22-year-old Port St. Lucie man was killed following a standoff with SWAT team officers who were attempting to take him into protective custody.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV, deputies arrived at the home Monday night to serve a court order Baker Act notice for Joshua Scott. He refused to exit the home and armed himself with a handgun, according to family members who told St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies after leaving the home.

SWAT officials arrived as well as negotiators in an effort to end the situation peacefully. Scott, who had fired shots at officers through the night, eventually did exit the home with the gun and continued to shoot at the officers.

Scott was shot by officers and died at the scene.

Family members say Scott, who has a criminal history and had been previously taken into protective custody under the Baker Act, had been carrying a gun with him at all times at the home over the past week.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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