Suspect arrested in Martin County shooting spree


(Source: MCSO)

From MCSO: A Stuart man suspected in a dangerous shooting spree which caused thousands in damage at multiple government agencies and private businesses, has been captured in an overnight takedown by MCSO’s Criminal Investigations and SWAT Team.

It was only a matter of time before the person responsible for shooting deadly projectiles from a high powered pellet gun and a handgun into government and private buildings was caught. 

Following an intense investigation and several nights of surveillance by MCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division, Aviation Unit, and Midnight Shift Uniform Road Patrol Deputies into the case which spanned several weeks, 32-year-old Nathan Fiorella was taken down by a team of detectives and the MCSO SWAT Team around 2:30am, just as he set out to begin another dangerous shooting spree.

Fiorella, who resides at 445 SW St. Lucie Street in Stuart, left his home driving the same black Escalade that was used in shootings throughout the past few months.

The most recent incident took place at the state attorneys office, when employees discovered shattered glass and a large hole in the wall of an office.

Other buildings hit over the past few weeks include the elections office, an attorneys office, a high school and several private businesses.

Throughout the investigation, Martin County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Bowdoin and Detective Mike Cashwell developed suspect leads, which led them to Fiorella.

Teams conducted surveillance on Fiorella’s home and ultimately caught him on MCSO Air video shooting from his vehicle at a sign in Martin County.

Last night, teams assembled and waited for Fiorella to strike again, and he did. But this time, the end result was different. The SWAT team emerged upon Fiorella’s vehicle and arrested him. 

Detectives then served a search warrant on Fiorella’s home, where they found weapons and ammunition consistent with the caliber of high powered projectiles used in all of the shootings.

Nathan Fiorella was charged with shooting a deadly missile into a structure. He was taken to the Martin County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

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