Broward County

Shooting suspect defies deputies by defecating on search warrant

Demetrius Vidale
Demetrius Vidale Broward Sheriff’s Office

The suspected gunman who exchanged shots with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday and defied an officer’s search warrant by defecating on it.

Demetrius Vidale, 24, faces five charges including attempted first-degree murder, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, driving with a suspended license and obstructing a police officer serving a search warrant. Deputies received a search warrant to match Vidale’s DNA to the crime scene, and he was detained after a deputy found him driving in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday.

Vidale was given a copy of a judge’s search warrant, which he put on a chair and then defecated on, according to an arrest report.

“[Vidale] refused to comply by not allowing his photographs to be taken or provide his DNA and master prints. Vidale stated that the judge had no jurisdiction over him,” the report reads.

Vidale’s arrest comes after a shootout that took place at about 3 a.m. Monday near the 4200 block of North Dixie Highway in Deerfield Beach. A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy heard shots near the area of Tropicante Nightclub, 4250 N. Dixie Hwy.

When he arrived, according to BSO, Vidale opened fire and the deputy fired back. The Broward deputy wasn’t injured, and the shooting led to a manhunt and street closures in the area Monday. Another person was injured in the shooting, but BSO has not provided an update on their condition.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3