Crime

A deputy stops a car ... then a chase, crash and shooting, cops say

A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy and a suspect were both hospitalized Wednesday afternoon with non life-threatening injuries after a chain of events that included a shooting, chase and crash.

It all started at about 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dolphin Harbor Inn at 4245 N. Ocean Dr. in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, according to BSO. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said the deputy used “due diligence and keen awareness to detail” to spot a suspect wanted for aggravated fleeing and eluding and petty theft.

The deputy tried to stop the suspect in the hotel parking lot, Israel said.

“Deputies set up in a nearby hotel and they watched the subject inside his vehicle,” he said. “They approached the subject. They gave him clear and concise orders to exit his vehicle.”

That’s when Israel said the suspect “chose a path of resistance” and backed his white Ford Focus into the deputy’s car and the deputy, who was standing near the Focus.

The deputy, who has not been identified, opened fire. The deputy was taken to Imperial Point Hospital and treated for “assorted injuries.” By Wednesday night, he was released.

Meanwhile, the suspect took off and other BSO units went after him, Israel said. The suspect crashed his car into two parked cars in front of a building at Holy Cross Hospital, 1900 E. Commercial Blvd.

That’s when deputies realized the suspect had a bullet wound in his upper arm. He was taken into custody and brought to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment, Israel said. By Wednesday night, he was released from the hospital and was in the process of being booked into the main jail, according to BSO.

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