POMPANO BEACH (CBS4) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who was shot to death by a deputy in a Pompano Beach apartment building Monday night.
BSO Spokesperson Jim Leljedal said deputies responded to a disturbance call around 6:20 p.m. at the apartment complex at 811 SE 22nd Street. There they saw 53-year old Kenneth Shewey on the second floor armed with a handgun which he had pointed at another person.
“Any time someone has a weapon and they’re brandishing it or pointing it in anyone’s direction it’s a life and death situation,” said Leljedal.
Deputies ordered Shewey to drop the gun, but instead they say he fired a shot. Deputies again ordered Shewey to put down the weapon. Shewy, still holding the gun, entered the stairwell to descend to the first floor.
“He pointed the gun at a person. I don’t know whether any of our deputies were in the line of fire at that point or not, but the deputy ordered him to drop the gun and he did not drop the gun. He continued to advance and at that point he was shot and killed,” explained Leljedal.
“I heard a shot, then ‘boom boom boom’,” said Barbara Hoffman who lives nearby.
She said the incident left her “shaken.”
The deputy who fired the fatal shot has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.