PEMBROKE PINES – (CBS4) – A Pembroke Pines police officer fatally shot a man whom officers describe as acting “violent” and “belligerent.”
On Thursday night, Pembroke Pines police received a call about an intoxicated man in the Normandy subdivision at 9909 NW 20th Street.
When the two officers and two sergeants arrived at the scene, they saw a man armed with a large kitchen knife. The man identified as 24-year-old John McCully refused to follow police orders to stop, police said. The officers used their Tasers to try to control McCully, but when that didn’t work one of the officers shot him.
Police say the officer shot McCully in the chest in order to defend his life. McCully was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Pembroke Pines where he later died.
Police say McCully had a history of mental illness. The 36-year-old officer who shot McCully is a six-year veteran of the Pembroke Pines Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.