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Port St. Lucie Police Department Officer John Seely provides security for the scene and the house where Aleksandr Gorbach was killed Saturday night while in the 700 block of Portage Avenue in Port St. Lucie.

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DEBORAH SILVER/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS Port St. Lucie Police Department Officer John Seely provides security for the scene and the house where Aleksandr Gorbach was killed Saturday night while in the 700 block of Portage Avenue in Port St. Lucie.

Murder suspect found dead

Aleksandr Gorbach

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Aleksandr Gorbach

Mikhail Sergatiouk

Mikhail Sergatiouk

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Coral Springs police examine the sawed-off shotgun believed to have been used by Mikhail Sergatiouk, 60, who was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have confirmed that Sergatiouk was the suspect sought in the slaying of Aleksandr Gorback, 43, who was found shot to death Saturday night in Port St. Lucie.

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SUSAN STOCKER/SUN SENTINEL Coral Springs police examine the sawed-off shotgun believed to have been used by Mikhail Sergatiouk, 60, who was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have confirmed that Sergatiouk was the suspect sought in the slaying of Aleksandr Gorback, 43, who was found shot to death Saturday night in Port St. Lucie.

PORT ST. LUCIE — The man who Port St. Lucie police say fatally shot a 43-year-old man in his home Saturday night as his wife and children were inside was found dead Monday morning in Broward County, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, officials said.

The body of Mikhail Sergatiouk, 60, was found about 8:30 a.m. Monday with a "severe wound" to the head in a grassy area next to a sidewalk in the 7100 block of Sample Road in Coral Springs, near Coral Springs High School, a release states.

Port St. Lucie police Sunday night publicly identified Sergatiouk as the person responsible for the death of Aleksandr Gorbach, 43, of Port St. Lucie.

Gorbach was shot in the chest Saturday while in the kitchen of his home in the 700 block of Southeast Portage Avenue, officials have said.

Gorbach's brother, Mikhail Gorbach, described Aleksandr Gorbach as a very nice family man who always was smiling.

"My first word that I ever said was his name," Mikhail Gorbach said, standing outside his brother's home. "He was my mentor when I was growing up, he was always the best in everything."

Mikhail Gorbach, 36, said he knew Sergatiouk and said Sergatiouk and his brother were involved in Bauer Comfort USA LLC, which he said was a wool bedding merchandise business.

"They were partners in business before, but he didn't want to do the business anymore, and so the couple of years from what I heard (Sergatiouk) was acting very crazy and not stable," Mikhail Gorbach said. "For some reason, he blamed all his problem, what happened to him, to Alex, so some reason he decided he is the blame of all and decided to do this."

Mikhail Gorbach said Sergatiouk and Aleksandr Gorbach hadn't talked for nearly three years.

"Whatever was cooking in his mind was for quite awhile," Mikhail Gorbach said.

According to Mikhail Gorbach, Sergatiouk's wife apparently called police saying her husband was "acting crazy and saying he'd killed his partner just now."

"They really wanted to call to submit him somewhere like a mental hospital, so when the police called here, and says, 'Do you know anything about it?' they said, 'Well, we have a dead body,' " Mikhail Gorbach said.

Officer Tom Nichols, Port St. Lucie police spokesman, would not discuss this Monday afternoon. Besides saying Sergatiouk was found dead in Coral Springs, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Port St. Lucie police released no other information.

Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh said a daughter of Sergatiouk called 911 Sunday night when he arrived at their home on the 8600 block of Forrest Hill Boulevard. She made the call, the officer said, because she knew her father was wanted for murder. Sergatiouk's home is about 2 miles from where his body was found.

Mikhail Gorbach said his brother had gone fishing and was cleaning fish by the sink and that his brother's wife and children were inside.

"First they thought it was an explosion because it was such a loud bang," Mikhail Gorbach said. "When they came to him he was in blood and he just screamed and lost consciousness and from what they thought it was an explosion."

He described the incident as being "like assassin's way to do it."

"He cut the screen, climbed in and just waited for the right moment to hit," Mikhail Gorbach said.

Mikhail Gorbach said his brother and Sergatiouk met in New York about 10 or 11 years ago. He said his brother is originally from the Ukraine and came here about 23 years ago. He lived in New York and Port St. Lucie.

"He was developing homes, selling homes so he found his life here," Mikhail Gorbach said. "So mostly he lived here."

Mikhail Gorbach, who lives in New York, said his brother's wife told him about the incident the night it happened. He quickly caught a flight with his mother to come help.

Coral Springs police stated Sergatiouk's body was identified by fingerprints and distinguishing marks.

Although it appears Sergatiouk died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound, a final determination will be made by the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office.

"It was a murder/suicide, as far as I know," Mikhail Gorbach said. "May God be the judge of him, whatever he did."

GORBACH'S BUSINESSES

Port St. Lucie resident Aleksandr Gorbach, 43, was found shot to death Saturday night on the kitchen floor of his waterfront home in the 700 block of Southeast Portage Avenue in Port St. Lucie. He was a businessman who owned several properties and was the registered agent for several current and dissolved businesses, according to the Florida Department of Division of Corporations. Here's a look at the names of businesses listing Gorbach as a registered agent:Aleksandr Gorbach — Family Limited Partnership

Bauer Comfort USA LLC

Twinwin LLC

Epic Proportions

Aleksandr Gorbach Enterprises, Inc.

Szabo Auto Sales, Inc.

BAUER COMFORT USA LLC

A company named Bauer Comfort USA LLC lists Aleksandr Gorbach as its principal and managing member, with a Port St. Lucie address and mailing address of 761 S.E. Portage Ave., according to the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations. Mikhail Sergatiouk is listed as a managing member at the same address.

The state website notes the company as inactive and that it was dissolved on Jan. 6, 2011.

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