LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a police-involved shooting in Lauderhill which involved officers from the Plantation and Davie police departments.
Annie Foreman describing her Sunday night after police raided her neighbor’s yard just before 8 p.m. Sunday night.
“It was scary,” Foreman said. “As soon as I heard the gunshots I hit the floor.”
According to Lauderhill Police, it all started at a bus stop in Plantation.
A person was robbed at gunpoint, the thief taking off with the person’s backpack.
The victim quickly flagged down a police officer in the area.
Authorities began an all-out search along State Road 7 and it didn’t take long for an officer to spot someone.
“Low and behold, we did in fact find someone who matched the description along with the backpack,” said Lauderhill Police Lieutenant Mike Santiago.
Officers swarmed a neighborhood just a few hundred yards away from where the robbery took place.
Devaris Clark lives right next door to where it all happened.
“I heard yelling saying ‘get down! Get down! He has a gun.’ And then I heard the shots go off,” Clark explained. “I wasn’t trying to get shot. I didn’t want to get caught in the crossfire so I just stayed in my room.”
Police say the thief was hiding in a backyard underneath a large tarp.
“Officers encountered the suspect and shots were fired,” Santiago said. “The suspect at the time died of his injuries.”
Detectives say they did find a gun at the scene.
So far investigators have yet to identify the victim of the robbery or the person killed by officers.
Meanwhile, neighbors are a little shaken up.
“Just glad it didn’t happen in my backyard and nobody else got hurt,” Clark said.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.