What started with an early morning traffic stop ended with a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy shooting and killing a man outside an Oakland Park apartment complex after the man reached for a gun between his legs, according to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
Israel said at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday a deputy spotted the man in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Coconut Creek driving erratically. He pulled the driver over and “was about to arrest him,” Israel said because of a warrant, when the man took off.
“Our deputy made the right decision to not give chase,” he said.
A be-on-the-lookout order was issued and he was spotted later in Oakland Park, Israel said. Again, the man took off, and deputies did not chase.
He was then located at about 3 p.m. leaving a home in Oakland Park and driving to an apartment complex at 1350 NE 50 Ct.
A deputy ordered the man out of the vehicle, Israel said. Instead the man reached between his legs for a gun and the deputy opened fire.
The man later died from his injuries. The deputy, who will now be on administrative leave as per department policy, was not injured.
This is not the first time in recent weeks that a law enforcement officer has shot a suspect. On Thursday, Homestead police officer Anthony Green shot and killed Edward Foster III after police said Foster had a gun. A few days before that, a Plantation police officer shot and killed a suspect after a fight.