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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Grand Jury Issues Decision in Officer-Involved Shooting

Case #: 181200183

Date/Time: 12.06.2018/11:45 p.m.

Location: 100 block of Alma Court

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, a Grand Jury issued a “no true bill,” in the officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 6, 2018. The jury found that Fort Pierce Police Officer Steven Graziano was justified in his use of force and will not face criminal charges in the death of Jesus Lainez.

As per Departmental policy 01.300, whenever a Police Use of Force results in death or great bodily harm, an Administrative Investigation/Review will be completed. The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for reviewing the incident for compliance with Department policy and training.

Officer Graziano was returned to duty and is presently assigned to the Community Policing Bureau as a Patrol Officer.

Update – December 11, 2018

Fort Pierce Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting Update

FORT PIERCE – The Fort Pierce Police Department released the names of the officer and suspect involved in the officer-involved shooting.

Officer Steven Graziano, 25, has been an employee of the Fort Pierce Police Department since 2016. He is assigned to the Community Policing Bureau as a Patrol Officer and is currently on administrative leave.

The suspect is Jesus Lainez, 51 (DOB - 08.19.1967), of 124 Alma Court in Fort Pierce.

The victim recovered from his injuries. 

Original Release – December 7, 2018

Officer-involved Shooting Investigated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement

FORT PIERCE – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Fort Pierce. The incident occurred Thursday at approximately 11:45 p.m. Fort Pierce Police Officers responded to the 100 block of Alma Court in reference to a disturbance.

As the first responding Officer arrived, the suspect was attacking the victim with a weapon. The Officer shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. He is listed in critical condition.

The Officer was not injured and is currently on administrative leave.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the lead investigating agency for this incident. The case is active and ongoing.

Contact: Angela Starke, Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 407-650-2336

Click link for a Statement from Diane Hobley-Burney, Chief of Police 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yrv8bui37wj7u0i/Statement%20from%20FP%20Chief.mp4?dl=0 [dropbox.com]

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