A confrontation between a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy and a suspect Friday afternoon ended with the suspect being found dead after his Honda crashed in unincorporated Broward County.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Leljedal said that a deputy, who authorities would not identify, made a traffic stop outside the Georgia Pig restaurant on U.S. 441 at about 3:30 p.m.
"It was a stop related to an investigation," said Leljedal, who would not elaborate. "There was a confrontation. Shots were fired." Leljedal could not say who fired first.
The incident occurred when deputies tried to get the suspect, a man in his 20s who was not from South Florida, to get out of his car in front of the restaurant, Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles said late Friday night.
"This all went down in the Georgia Pig parking lot," Jachles said. "Things got very violent very fast. The suspect resisted arrest. There was a Taser deployed."
The suspect, whose identity was being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, then rammed several Sheriff's Office vehicles in an attempt to escape the parking lot, Jachles said. Deputies feared for their lives and one deputy opened fire, hitting the driver.
The suspect sped west on Davie Boulevard for several blocks, before crashing into a tree at the point the street becomes Peters Road. There was no pursuit and no chase, Jachles said, adding, "There were no shots fired at the second scene."
Leljedal said the SWAT team was called after the crash.
"The prudent thing to do was to let the SWAT team make the approach," Leljedal said. Officers then discovered the man was dead. Leljedal would not say whether the man died from the gunfire or the car crash. He appeared to be the Honda sedan's sole occupant.
A "large amount of narcotics" was found in the car, Jachles said.
Leljedal said the deputy involved will be put on three-day paid administrative leave, which is department policy with all shootings.