Broward County

Woman threatening suicide shot to death by deputy in Cooper City

The call came into 9-1-1 just after 9 a.m. Monday.

“I’m going to kill somebody,” a woman tells the operator. ““I have a gun. I’m out front.”

The dispatcher asks who she is going to kill.

“Anybody who comes near me. I told you I will kill somebody.”

The line then goes dead.

Within minutes, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the intersection of Fir Way and East Sailboat Drive, they found 44-year-old Lisa Taylor wielding a gun.

She pointed the gun at the deputies, according to Sheriff Scott Israel.

“The deputies continually screamed for her to drop her weapon,” he said.

That’s when three deputies fired and hit Taylor. She was taken to Memorial Regional hospital where she was pronounced dead.

No else was injured in the gunfire.

“She said she was going to shoot anyone and everybody,” said Israel, who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting. Police later determined the weapon Taylor was holding was a Crossman handgun, which shoots 6 mm BBs.

Israel said police had been called to the home in 2011, when the woman was taken to the hospital under Florida’s Baker Act.

A red Ford Escape driven by off-duty Pembroke Pines Officer David Thompson, which was about 200 yards from the crime scene, took a stray bullet in the front passenger windshield. Police said Monday afternoon the car, in which Thompson’s father was a passenger, was hit by a deputy’s bullet.

As per department policy, the Sgt. Jason Tarala, Deputy Juan Hernandez and Deputy Toni Hopkins are on administrative assignment.

Several nearby residents came to the scene to see what had happened.

Giulio Piccinonna was jogging Monday morning when he saw officers converging on the corner of the street. With one headphone in and one out, Piccinonna said he heard gunshots.

“I took off as fast as I could,” he said. “It was scary.”

Kathy Mulhall said she was in her bed when she heard what she thought was six gunshots.

“Then I heard sirens and a helicopter,” she said, saying she usually walks her dogs about the time the shooting place. “I am glad I was a little late today. We could have been out there.”

This is the fifth deputy involved shooting since Israel took office in January. The most recent happened Aug. 6 when deputies shot a man who they said killed a tow truck driver and then began shooting at the responding deputies. The man, identified as Triston Johnson, is recovering in the hospital.

Israel said gun violence is hard to predict.

“It’s a violent society,” he said. “It’s just a tragic, tragic, tragic situation.”