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The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Fort Pierce that left an officer injured and a 21-year-old dead. 

The incident happened at approximately 11:55 p.m. Saturday at N. 19th Street and Avenue G. 

According to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, the driver, 21-year-old Demarcus Semer, attempted to flee and ran over one of the two Fort Pierce Police Department police officers while they conducted a traffic stop. 

The officer was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute with a leg injury. He was treated and released.

Mascara said the second officer was partially inside the vehicle attempting to stop the driver and was trapped. 

According to the sheriff, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The driver was identified as 21-year-old Demarcus Semer,” said Sheriff Mascara. “Semer has no prior arrests in St. Lucie County. Our detectives are continuing to fully investigate this incident and no further information is available at this time,” Mascara said.

Family and friends mourned the loss of Semer with a candlelight vigil Sunday night.

"This just doesn't make any sense," says Semer's sister Bianca.

A somber mood at the vigil, but anger and frustration earlier. Dozens of protestors rallied outside the Fort Pierce Police Department.

"How did this man end up dead from a traffic stop. It's got to stop," says Sylvester Davis.

Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney says she is asking the community for patience.

"We are working diligently with the sheriff's department because we want the community to know this is completely transparent. We wanted the sheriff to investigate because we wanted all voices to be heard. We don't want anyone to feel slighted."

 

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