Broward County

One person dies in hospital after being taken into police custody

One person was pronounced dead at a Broward hospital after an attempt by Fort Lauderdale police to take the individual into custody under the Baker Act.

According to police spokesperson Casey Liening, “officers who were working an event at Carter Park were alerted to an individual who was exhibiting abnormal behavior.”

“A short time later, police found the individual in the middle of traffic just outside of the park on West Sunrise Boulevard. The officers observed this individual placing [their own self], and others, in danger and attempted to place them into custody under the Baker Act,” Liening said. “The individual resisted the officers' efforts and a brief struggle ensured, where non-lethal subject control spray was deployed.”

The incident happened at around 4:30 p.m. at 1450 West Sunrise Boulevard. The person, who has not been identified, was taken to Broward General Medical Center where the individual was later pronounced dead.

The death investigation is currently being handled by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.