Port St. Lucie officer shot while responding to domestic dispute that became hostage situation

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A Port St. Lucie police officer was shot overnight while responding to a domestic dispute that became a possible hostage situation, according to Port St. Lucie police spokesperson Sgt. Frank Sabol.

Authorities responded to the 1100 block of Southwest Estaugh Avenue at 11:10 p.m when they were met with gunfire from a man inside the residence and an officer was hit in the leg.

The man was later identified by police as 54-year-old Robert Lee Frey II. Police say Frey has a wife, a 15-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter who ran out of the home when officers arrived.

Hostage negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene. In fear Frey would commit suicide, police shot him with "less lethal ammunition," which is designed to incapacitate -- but not kill -- a target, officers said.

That's when he fired back at officers. A standoff between the suspect and officers lasted about 6 hours until the man surrendered and was arrested.

Authorities were still at the home around 7 a.m. Frey was arrested in 2002 on domestic battery charges in Palm Beach County.

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