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.