A man involved in an exchange of gunfire with deputies Wednesday night in Fort Pierce remained at large Thursday, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office.
Two men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly fired shots from a vehicle during a pursuit by St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies. Javan Miguel Best, 28, of Fort Pierce is facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and eluding officers at high speed. He remained in custody at the St. Lucie County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Christopher Jerome Hernandez, 25, also of Fort Pierce is facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
A third suspect fled Wednesday night and deputies were still trying to locate him Thursday evening.
According to the sheriff’s office, the incident began at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when deputies in a marked patrol car tried to pull of over a speeding 2005 Toyota Avalon in the 1900 block of Canal Terrace. The car sped away and several shots were fired from the car at deputies moments later.
The suspects sped along Canal Terrace, then turned at Orange Avenue, running several stop signs in the process. The car stopped at North 14th Street and Delaware Avenue and someone inside the car began shooting at deputies, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputies returned fire, but no one was injured during the exchange.
Hernandez jumped out of the car and fled on foot. A deputy and his K9 partner tracked Hernandez to the front porch of a home in the 800 block of Boston Avenue. Best was still in the car and was arrested.
The third suspect was described as having dreadlocks and he was wearing dark clothes, the sheriff’s office said.