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Sgt. Gary Morales, Eriese Tisdale: What happened on Feb. 28, 2013?

This presentation covers the events of Feb. 28, 2013 when Eriese Tisdale, 25, allegedly murdered Sgt. Gary Morales at point blank range inside Morales's patrol car. Tisdale is facing first-degree murder charges stemming from the incident.
by Christin Erazo on 21 February 2014

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Transcript of Sgt. Gary Morales, Eriese Tisdale: What happened on Feb. 28, 2013?

Sgt. Gary Morales, Eriese Tisdale: What happened on Feb. 28, 2013?
Eriese Tisdale, who claims he went to get a soda at
7-Eleven for his girlfriend, said he decided to return home after spotting Sgt. Gary Morales make a U-turn on Oleander Ave. and head toward him going north.
Morales begins to follow Tisdale, lights flashing, eastbound on Kanner Drive.
Feb. 28, 2013 9:30 a.m.
Tisdale stops near his apartment and Morales calls for backup. Morales walks up to Tisdale's red Honda, but Tisdale flees north on Naylor Terrace.
Deputy Claude Bennett allegedly sees Tisdale fire gun shots into Morales patrol car. Chase ensues.
A St. Lucie County Sheriff's Deputy hits Tisdale's car to stop him from fleeing. Tisdale loses control of his car and surrenders to police.
Crash evidence photos: http://tinyurl.com/cayt3y7
Tisdale's Arrest History: http://tinyurl.com/d9kd74t
In March, Tisdale was charged with first-degree murder of Sgt. Morales. Tisdale has plead not guilty.
http://tinyurl.com/d97qhk3

It's unknown when additional evidence of the incident will be released. Tisdale is being held at the Martin County Jail without bail.
Who was Sgt. Gary Morales?
" My little brother Sgt. Gary Morales was and always will be my hero. The lives he touched and the sacrifices he made will never be forgotten." - Brian Morales
" My little brother Sgt. Gary Morales was and always will be my hero. The lives he touched and the sacrifices he made will never be forgotten." - Brian Morales
GARY MORALES, 35:
Husband to Holly Morales for 10 years
Father to Brooklynn and Jordan
12-year veteran of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department
Obituary http://tinyurl.com/kjrednc
Who is Eriese Tisdale?
ERIESE TISDALE, 26:
Grew up without siblings in New Jersey and later moved to Jupiter and Port St. Lucie
Has an associate degree in architecture, drafting and design from West Palm Beach's Lincoln College of Technology, according to his mother
Source: http://tinyurl.com/m5rfz54

Jennifer Maldanado, Tisdale's girlfriend:
Tisdale was a fun guy, but he was selfish and self-centered, and spent money on himself rather than on his unborn child.“He was just tired of being harassed by law enforcement,” according to a deputy’s account of her statements.

Charmaine Tisdale, mother:
“I have no idea what transpired today,” she told investigators, trying to understand what may have motivated her son — drugs, mental illness, alienation with law enforcement. “This is not my son.”
TISDALE'S RESIDENCE
Evidence photos inside his apartment: http://tinyurl.com/ckwopsz
Tisdale's social media accounts:
http://tinyurl.com/bqkcf56
Reactions from Tisdale and friends on social media
*Tisdale's rap moniker is Prince Guru
In his own words:
Tisdale explains what happened at the scene
What was going through his mind when Morales stopped him?
Why did he flee and shoot Morales?
What is his story?
Watch the full videos here: http://tinyurl.com/clkmxjp
Twitter coverage of Morales funeral: http://tinyurl.com/n7ane9a
We have individually and collectively cried all we can the past three days. I want today to be a celebration of Gary's life, and what better way than by looking at the picture before you and realizing that is the way he approached life every day, with a big smile.
- St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara
Want to help the Morales family?
http://tinyurl.com/kptf9m8
March 4, 2013: Morales is laid to rest
Visit http://www.tcpalm.com for complete and continuing coverage
Final farewell to Sgt. Morales on social media
NAVIGATION

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Details provided by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office police reports.
New Details:
Raymond Gleason, 40, a convicted felon from Dania Beach, said Tisdale gave him a "handful" of crack cocaine moments before seeing Tisdale gun down Sgt. Morales, according to a police transcript released by prosecutors in July.





Gleason, who is being held in the St. Lucie County jail for charges of
burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft, claims Tisdale met him near the 7-Eleven off Edwards Road the morning of the shooting. Gleason said he rode a bike to meet Tisdale to pick up the drugs.
Prosecutors say they're evaluating the value of Gleason's statement.
"...when I left I pulled off on the bicycle, I saw a cop car come around the corner, I heard 'pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.'"
- Gleason
Produced by Christin Erazo
christin.erazo@scripps.com
Twitter: @TCPalmChristin

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