Two people were killed, a sheriff's lieutenant was shot in the leg, and a K-9 was struck in the torso after a domestic incident Monday night in the West Palm Beach area.
The scene unfolded at the Casa Del Monte mobile home community, off Forest Hill Boulevard just east of Jog Road, shortly before 7 p.m.
By the time Palm Beach County sheriff's units arrived, a woman had been shot several times by her boyfriend and left for dead, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.
A neighbor said her body was lying in the road at the crime scene.
Bradshaw said she had tried to escape after being shot once, but the boyfriend pulled her back and shot her several more times.
After deputies set up a perimeter in the area, the suspect was spotted near a concrete privacy wall along Jog Road, Bradshaw said.
At some point during the chase, a lieutenant and a police dog were shot.
The lieutenant and K-9 handler, who have not been named, fired back, killing the suspect, Bradshaw said.
Names of the deceased were being withheld upon notification of next of kin.
Bradshaw said that the lieutenant was recovering late Monday after surgery at a nearby hospital. The K-9 is expected to survive, but with the bullet remaining in its torso, Bradshaw said.
"This is a dangerous job," said Bradshaw, near the crime scene. "We're a busy agency. We handle over a million calls for service.
"That's why when people say, 'Could the deputy have done this?' and second-guess them, you've got to be there."
One neighbor said it's the first time something that horrific has happened in his neighborhood.
Dylan Eteo, 18, said he was sitting on the porch watching TV when he heard the gunshots.
He said he has lived in the community for about two years and said the couple had been fighting a couple days ago.
While he didn't see what happened, he did hear what he described as the initial shooting followed by about two dozen gunshots later, which he assumed was the exchange between the boyfriend and deputies.
"I feel kind of unsafe," Eteo said. "Before now, this park was doing pretty good."