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 April 2nd, 2012  
St. Lucie County deputies arrest Fort Pierce youth for two counts of attempted murder of law officers after he shot at deputies, Sheriff Mascara announces
Early Sunday morning, St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Fort Pierce youth for two counts of attempted first-degree murder of law officers after he fired gunshots at two deputies, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The arrest of Eugene Ward, 16, of 200 North 23rd Street, Fort Pierce, is just the latest example of the dangers our deputies face every day," Sheriff Mascara said. "Fortunately, we were able to put the suspect behind bars where he is being held without bond. Our investigation determined that Ward bragged after the fact that he had shot at law officers."

The incident took place just after two Sheriff's deputies wearing law enforcement vests had made a traffic stop near 26th Street and Avenue E, Fort Pierce. The deputies heard bullets  whizzing past their heads and striking objects behind them. They radioed for assistance.

Deputies converged on the area and learned that Ward had run from the area and entered a North 23rd Street home where deputies found him hiding near a couch and took him into custody. He told deputies his name was "Marcellis Jones" and didn't give a date of birth. Deputies later determined the suspect was Eugene Ward.

Ward admitted he lied about his identity because of outstanding warrant for previously resisting arrest without violence.

Detectives charged Ward with two counts of attempted murder on law officers, giving a false name to a law officer and resisting arrest without violence, as well as charging him with previously resisting arrest without violence from the outstanding warrant.

Because Ward had previously been adjudicated as an adult, he was incarcerated at the St. Lucie County jail.

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