(Palm Beach Post) The man accused in the shooting death of a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office sergeant reportedly told authorities he acted in self-defense.

Eriese Alphonso Tisdale, 25, is being held at the county jail without bond after having his first court appearance Friday morning before Judge Thomas Walsh.

Tisdale, of Fort Pierce, is accused of gunning down 12-year sheriff’s office veteran Sgt. Gary Morales, 35, during a traffic stop Thursday morning.

Morales pulled over a car for unknown reasons at about 9:30 a.m. in an unincorporated pocket of St. Lucie County south of Fort Pierce. He had briefly chased the suspect car before the driver pulled over, officials said.

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