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Homicide suspect is fatally shot by an officer in Fort Lauderdale, police say

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione, right, spoke April 18, 2018, about a fatal police-involved shooting in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night.
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione, right, spoke April 18, 2018, about a fatal police-involved shooting in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale.

According to Fort Lauderdale police, a multi-agency task force with the U.S. Marshals Service was following a "homicide suspect" when the shooting happened just before 7 p.m. in the 900 Block of West Sunrise Boulevard.

Spokeswoman Casey Liening said it was not immediately clear which agency the officer involved in the shooting worked for.

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione told reporters at a news conference aired on WSVN7 that officers "attempted to order the subject out of the vehicle.”

“The subject refused to come out, so less lethal methods were deployed," he said. "Those methods were unsuccessful and in fact, the suspect responded to the less lethal efforts by discharging a firearm at the police officers that were at the scene.”

Late Wednesday, the department tweeted a promise from the chief: "We owe it to the police officers, to this community, and to the family of the decedent to do a thorough and objective investigation.”

Sunrise Boulevard remained closed late into the evening.

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