HOLLYWOOD – (CBSMiami.com) – An angry, apparently suicidal man made threats against police Sunday, and when the BSO deputies who responded felt threatened by his actions, they opened fire and shot him dead on a Hollywood street.

The deputies answered a call made to 911 about 4 p.m.from a Winn Dixie parking lot in Dania Beach, where a worried caller said a suicidal man, apparently armed, had made threats that he’d kill a cop, according to BSO Spokesperson Dani Moschella.

The man was no longer at the supermarket, but deputies searched and found the man at nearby Dania Beach Pier. They asked him to surrender, but he refused, and instead got into a white pickup truck and drove away, deputies following.

The man stopped again at the Dania Beach Grill, but once again, Moschella said he refused deputies’ requests to surrender peacefully.

Driving once again, the man crossed into Hollywood and stopped in the center of A1A at Evans street.

At that point, BSO said, the man got out of his truck and started walking toward the deputies. Swearing at a deputy and a sergeant, the agitated man told the officers they would have to shoot him.

Moschella said when the man reached behind his back, the BSO officers opened fire.

“At some point, the deputies perceived the same threat and opened fire,” Moschella said.

BSO said the suspect was hit by that gunfire and died at the scene.

The name of the suspect was not available, and BSO was not releasing the name of the deputy and the sergeant involved. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, and an internal affairs investigation is underway.

Comments (16)
  1. Jane Doe says:

    With a person shooting in Opa Locka earlier today and a person shot in Miami Beach within the last 40 minutes it was only a matter of time before police would end up having to shoot.

  2. The Observer says:

    Well Well, j seeing many other countries police officers dealing with all kind of cases and they do not use as much deadly force as in the usa and then get away with it, their favority word “I FEAR FOR MY LIFE” then they should get a job in a nursing home.

    1. Jane Doe says:

      You should go on the road with an officer and see for yourself some of the things they see and deal with on a regular basis. Even in Ontario police are shooting more which was unheard of in the past. West of Toronto in a city called Burlington police shot and killed a man during a traffic stop. Even Toronto officers have shot people in self defense. It is not the police but rather some of the people who have nothing to loose by killing a police officer or people who don’t care to listen to police orders. This case is a case of suicide by cop.

    2. Philip Scharfy says:

      You, sir, are a moron.

  3. William says:

    It the reported facts are true and correct, why the deputies did not pointed their guns at the suspect and order him to put his hands up or see what he had in his hand, behind his back. It takes a less than a tenth of a second to fire a gun, much faster than a movement of a hand from behind the back. It looks most like the deputies’ over reacted because of fear.

    1. Jane Doe says:

      There is video footage of a case where the officer or deputy allows the person the benefit of the doubt and ends up dead. They show it at some police academies. There are many other cases similar to it where officers get killed or badly beaten. You cannot take any chances these days.

  4. So. FLA Law man says:

    Im a Police Officer for over 20 years both in NYC and in South Florida and I will tell you this the streets are not what they were 10 years ago or even 5 years ago. The criminal have no respect for human life yet alone the law. So guess what If I go on a call and a man makes a sudden move as if he has a gun Im not giving him the opportunity to kill me or my fellow officers, If i give you a lawful order to stop and put your hands up and you dont, then you make a move as if you have a weapon im putting you down in a heart beat. There have been 25 Police Officer throughout the country this year that have died from gunfire….25 and we arent even three months into the year…Guess what William , The Observer, when you Gents can walk in my shoes or in the shoes of any law enforcement officer then you can make your moranic comments till then grow a pair of balls and let real men kept you and your families safe ….God Bless America and Our Freedom …

    1. Bob says:

      I do not wear girl shoes sorry.

  5. fusillijerry says:

    It is not a half mile from the winn dixie to a1a and evans. I will always be suspicious of everything you report.

  6. Ina Goldsmith says:

    To Williams: The deputies DID NOT over reacted because of fear. They over reated because they know NOTHING will happen to them if they over react. They are above the law.

    To So. FLA Law man: Stop whinning about criminals having no respect for human life. By your own admission, you don’t either. If you fear for your life, find another job. Nobody has to walk in your shoes. You dont have the balls to respect the law. You’re a cowardly crook with a badge and gun and that makes you think you have balls? Get yourself a REAL job making the $8 an hour you deserve. Nobody forces anyone to become a cop. Nobody forces anyone to continue to be one. Nobody is stopping fearful cops from getting a job at a nursing home.

    God bless America and Our Freedom… no thanks to cowardly crooks with badges and guns, and salaries and pensions way over what their services are worth…

    1. Money says:

      If the benefits are so great and the jibso easy ? Why dont you become a cop? I know because you the true coward !! They gave thus guy ample opportunity to give up , they chased him down atleast two times. I dont like when people have to die . But the officers didn’t do anything wrong and yes like our military , we do owe our police departments our freedom. If it wasn’t for police , we would be living in chaos !!!

    2. So, FLA Law man says:

      Goldsmith to reply to your stupid remarks I will answer them in the order your spilled your idiotic words 1) You say to stop whining…I’m not and I do have respect for human life …never killed anyone and I have been involved in many situations where I could of pulled the trigger just be blessed that I haven’t had to …but If it came to me or the bad guy guess who is going home…2) Your right no one has to walk in my shoes but don’t critizes anyone that does …Because the minute something goes wrong you dial me or those that walk in my shoes to save and protect your ignorant person ….3) Because I have balls I have been enforcing the law for over 20 years and now a days you have to have a set of brass ones just to answer an aided call …4) You call me a cowardly crook with a badge and gun and that makes me think I have balls ….No a badge and gun don’t make me ….It’s my way of respecting and treating people with respect both good and bad people that makes me who I’am as a cop…the fact that I have risked my life to save those relentlessly several times, the fact I have dodged flying bullets while chasing a suspect through a dark alley at 3 in the morning, the fact that I raced through the burning towers of 9/11 several times, the fact that I now live with a lung disease because of the smoke and God only know what else I sucked in while running in and out of the towers, the fact that I saved lives ……If that’s being crooked or a crowd in your eyes then I guess you’re right …..5) you say to get a real job for 8 bucks an hour…..I won’t want you to be unemployed …so I’ll stick to mine at $ 37 an hour ….But we are hiring Public serve aides for $ 10 …I’ll keep you in mind ….and lastly Goldsmith ….Because of our military people abroad and the cops here your able to work the streets somewhat safe ….Imagine a day without cops ….imagine that ….and next time you think we are overpaid and don’t deserve our pension ….I’ll arrange a meeting with some of the widows and children of the officers that have died in the line of duty …and you can tell them that that …..

  7. MiamiMex says:

    Some of you complain this man was shot – okay, go volunteer to handle future threats of violence.

    I am sure you will do much better.

    Listen, in some countries innocent people are ginned down every day by drug gangs.

    Why don’t you whiners solve the world’s problems if you are so perfect


  8. Dislike conservatives says:

    Caleb Goldfarb – you’re a bigot and an illiterate..stop wasting oxygen

    “Law Man” – it’s Moronic not moranic..shows how smart cops are.

    1. Bob says:

      Most cops arnt smart that’s why they become cops instead of teachers or business men. And to me it sounded like they it close enough a few times to tazer the man instead of killing him. We need more non lethal weapons. They could have taz

  9. jen says:

    I knew this man, and even though he was suicidal……he may have involved the police and maybe that was wrong. My heart goes out to his family,wife,three children……..noone who is talking seems to know the reason for this mans state of mind nor care…….while you’re cursing for “putting the police in fear of their lives……and I do appreciate the risks police take to keep us safe, but alot of people commit suicide…is their a right way to do it? I don’t know but this man was my friend and a good man in a very bad situation….May God Have Mercy On His Soul

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