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Sgt. Gary Morales: Timeline of events on the day St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputy was killed


Eriese Tisdale, 27, is accused of shooting St. Lucie County Sheriff Sgt. Gary Morales at point-blank range Feb. 28, 2013, during a moving traffic stop at King Orange and Mura drives, south of Edwards Road and west of U.S. 1. He was arrested nearby after a vehicle chase. If convicted, Tisdale could be sentenced to death.

This is what may have happened the day Morales was killed, according to law enforcement reports and Facebook

8:34 a.m.: Eriese Tisdale and girlfriend Jessica Maldonado are in their apartment at 3247 Mura Drive when his mother, Charmaine, calls to ask if he’ll mow her lawn that morning.

9:21 a.m.: Tisdale posts an item about Black History Month on Facebook, then leaves to get Maldonado a soda. Tisdale heads toward 7-Eleven but decides to return home after he sees Sgt. Gary Morales heading toward him and making a U-turn by the Oleander Avenue Church of God. Morales begins to follow Tisdale, with his lights flashing, eastbound on Kanner Drive.

9:28 a.m.: Tisdale stops at Mura and King Orange drives, near his apartment. Deputy Claude Bennett hears Morales radio the stop and heads his way as backup. Morales walks up to Tisdale’s car, but Tisdale flees north on Naylor Terrace and Morales radios a pursuit. On Naylor, a man in his yard sees Tisdale slam on his brakes and Morales veer to avoid a collision. Tisdale claims Morales rammed his car. Tisdale walks up to Morales, who is sitting in his car with his gun holstered, and allegedly shoots him. Bennett turns the corner at Naylor and King Orange and allegedly sees Tisdale firing more shots. Of at least three shots, one hits Morales in the side of the head, the other in the main neck artery. Tisdale allegedly points his gun at Bennett, who fires at him; accounts vary from “a couple of rounds” to five shots to six to seven shots. From her kitchen, Jessica Maldonado can hear the gunfire, tries to call Tisdale and is perplexed that she can’t reach him. Tisdale ducks between cars, gets in his car and takes off northbound. Bennett pursues him, Deputies Stubbly and Briglia join in at Kanner and South Seventh Street.

9:34 a.m.: Deputy Sarvis performs a P.I.T. maneuver to stop Tisdale, who loses control at DiGiorgio Road and collides with oncoming Port St. Lucie resident Brooke Thompson, who was not seriously injured. Tisdale gets out of his car and surrenders. Deputies find a .45-caliber Glock in his car, and later find a 12-gauge shotgun and .44-Magnum Ruger Redhawk, reportedly stolen from Okeechobee, in his apartment.

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