CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) – Two deadly deputy-involved shootings are under investigation in Broward County.
Chopper4 hovered over the scene at a sprawling apartment complex in Lauderdale Lakes just east of State Road 7 Wednesday afternoon.
The case began with a 911 call about a disturbance between a man and a woman. It ended with a man dead from a deputy’s bullet.
“What we have here is a fluid investigation. It’s ongoing,” said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
Israel said the deputy who responded to the 911 call followed procedure.
“He was trying to separate the two parties. He was violently attacked by a subject. He was on his back. He was in a dangerous situation,” Israel explained. “One of our backup deputies saw something which caused him to fire his firearm. He struck the subject.”
Friends say the man shot is Pedro Pierre, a businessman and father from Haiti who once ran for political office there.
BSO said the man died at Broward Health Medical Center.
“This is devastating to all of us and it’s not making sense,” said Nekita Dulcio.
Dulcio is a longtime friend of Pierre’s.
She and family members said the information from BSO about Pierre attacking a deputy does not match the personality of the man they know.
“Charming, loving, this is not making sense to the family or anyone at all. What took place, what triggered it?” she said.
A family member of Pierre’s said BSO told him that a deputy tased Pierre.
A witness said Pierre was on the ground when he was shot and the witness said Pierre did not appear to have a weapon.
Dulcio gave a succinct response about her feelings on the use of force by deputies.
“It’s extreme,” she said.
Sheriff Israel said he has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate this case.
The second officer involved shooting took place in Coral Springs.
According to BSO, Coral Springs Police were called to 11293 NW 11th Court around 1:00 p.m. regarding a suicidal man.
The man barricaded himself leading to a standoff with police. At one point, there was a confrontation between the armed man and Coral Spring’s SWAT Team.
The unidentified man died on the scene. Nobody else was hurt.
BSO homicide detectives are investigating.