TAMARAC (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after two people were shot to death in front of a home in Tamarac.
The shooting happened in the 4700 block of NW 44th Street.
Chopper4 over the scene spotted two bodies in the drive way of a home in section four of the Mainland Senior Community. Both of the bodies were women. According to BSO one of the women was shot inside a home, staggered to the front door and collapsed face first in the drive way.
New Broward Sheriff Scott Israel went to the scene to be briefed personally. He said it started when a neighbor called 9-1-1 to say there was a woman on NW 44th Street with a gun.
“The resident told them (9-1-1) that there was a female in the middle of the street waving a firearm. He approached the female, he ordered her to drop the firearm repeatedly. She did not. The deputy fired at least one shot,” said Israel.
Andrew Davis told CBS4 it was his sister, Linda Sue Davis, who was killed by the deputy. He said his sister, who has rented the home for several years, did have some mental health issues.
“She’d have break downs once in a while but she’s on heavy medication,” said Davis.
“I know she mentally, she taking some medicine,” said Davis’ sister Mary Brooks, “I don’t know what she had not taken, what happened.”
He added that he’s never known her to have or carry a gun.
“I have never known her to have a gun,” said Davis. “Never know her to have a gun.”
Witnesses said the second body in the drive way was one of Davis’ neighbors. Another neighbor said the two were friendly, often smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee together in the morning. Investigators have not said what led up to the first woman being shot.
Sheriff’s deputies have been called to Davis’ home in the past to answer disturbance calls. Her family said each time it was to protect her from herself and she was never violent toward anyone else.
“I never known my auntie to be aggressive to the point where she be using a weapon,” said Davis’ nephew Andre Davis. “I’m kind of shocked.”
“Obviously there was something wrong with her. I mean to go around waving a gun and you’re ordered to put it down and you don’t,” said neighbor Lucy Weldon. “Doesn’t everybody know what’s going to happen.”
As investigators work to get to the bottom of this, the question that the Davis family struggles with is how did she get her hands on a gun.
“I don’t know why she had one. I don’t know who gave it to her. I don’t know nothing about a gun, but they knowed (sic) she was mentally ill,” said Brooks. “She didn’t need no gun.”
Davis’ house is no stranger to BSO deputies. They have been called out there 79 times since March of 2008. Some of the calls included mental illness, medical, suspicious activity and general calls.