MLK Day shooting suspect cleared after a viral rant in front of the police department 


On Thursday the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office announced on their Facebook page that 27-year-old Frederick Lamar Johnson, Jr.  ‘is no longer a person of interest’ in the mass shooting at IIous Ellis park. The shooting suspect has been cleared.

On Wednesday, detectives had identified Johnson, as a person of interest in the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Fort Pierce. Deputies did not clarify why he was a suspect but said they believed he was present when shots were fired.

Shooting suspect on Facebook live

Johnson turned himself in on Wednesday afternoon. Prior to talking to the police, he videoed himself outside the Sheriff’s office claiming he was innocent.

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In a profanity-laced rant, he said he was never at the event. “I didn’t go to the parade or the car show. I was in the house all day.” 

I’m going to go turn myself in, but when I get done …… I’m suing the whole … Department for defamation of character.” He added.

“Instead of doing your job and doing an investigation, you go by hearsay.   Anybody can come tell y’all anything and y’all just run with it and believe it.”