FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway into a police-involved shooting in Fort Lauderdale.
Authorities said it all started just before 10 a.m. when police responded to reports of a man with a gun and several weapons outside the TD Bank on the 1700 Block of Sunrise Boulevard.
“Our officers responded, locating a subject matching that description in the parking lot. He was in fact armed. The officer attempted to give him commands to take him into custody at which time he fled,” said Interim Police Chief Rick Maglione. “Several attempts over the next several blocks to take him into custody including the use of an electronic control weapon were not successful. He was taken into custody after an officer discharged his firearm.”
Maglione said the man has non-life threatening injuries
“At first I saw him running real fast and then I heard ‘boof,’” said Wendy C., who saw the man running down NE 11th Street and then heard a gunshot.
Witnesses said the man kept running even after he was shot and was finally taken down near NE 13th Street.
Several knives and machetes could be seen on the ground near the takedown
“They kept telling him to put down the machete,” said Steve Jacobson, who saw police pursuing the man down NE 11th Street and heard them shoot him on NE 14th Avenue.
The man who was shot is at Broward Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time.
Police shut down the neighborhood for five hours while they and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated the shooting. It’s part of a new protocol the Fort Lauderdale Police Department started last month.
“We did not do it in response to any particular incident. It is to add transparency,” said Maglione.
Officers are not saying whether the man intended to rob the bank. They say that part of the investigation is ongoing.