Cops: Fort Lauderdale man fires gun at officers, tumbles off balcony

A Fort Lauderdale man fired his pistol at police officers early Wednesday, then tumbled off his townhouse balcony as SWAT officers arrived at the scene, authorities said.

No officers or neighbors were injured. The gunman, Jacobo Bernstein-Firum, 40, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with “non-life-threatening” injuries to the face.

He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Residents began calling police about 3:50 a.m. to report gunshots and an armed man “displaying erratic behavior,” according to a Fort Lauderdale police news release. Officers rushed to a townhouse at 713 SW Eighth St.

When officers arrived, Bernstein-Firum squeezed off two rounds in their direction, according to police.

Officers cordoned off the area and called in a SWAT team.

Bernstein-Firum, continuing to act strangely, then hopped atop the balcony, lost his balance and fell onto the paved driveway below, police said. He was taken into custody and carted off to the hospital for treatment.

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