MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) — The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver whose decision to run from a law enforcement officer set off a chain of events that resulted in his death.
Doll Pierre-Louis, 24, was shot and killed Wednesday following a traffic stop with a Florida Highway Patrol officer.
His girlfriend, Markisha Fenelon, was in the passenger seat.
When Fritz Simon, Fenelon’s uncle, saw the surveillance video showing the encounter between FHP trooper Misael Diaz and his niece’s boyfriend, his reaction was one of surprise and anger.
“You see the guy pulls out the gun, and he jumps on the hood. The guy just reversing, you let off two shots,” said Simon. “All you had to do is step away. Whatever car he was in, going northbound, follow him.”
FHP says the trooper feared for his life when, during the traffic stop on the Palmetto Exwy near Douglas Road, Pierre-Louis backed up and refused to stop his car.
“He don’t have no license. That’s what he’s scared of,” said Simon.
“The trooper, for whatever reason, ends up on the hood. He fears for his life. Apparently, he discharges his weapon,” said FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez.
Pierre-Louis and Fenelon then took off from the scene and slammed into the back of an SUV.
59-year-old Emilie Bastien was behind the wheel and was hurt.
Fenelon, who is still recovering in the hospital from a broken ankle, told her uncle about the moments just before the shooting.
“When the guy jumped on the hood with the gun, it froze her,” said Simon. “As (Pierre-Louis) was driving, I guess he told her he was going into shock. Told her he loved her, whatever, crash.”
Trooper Diaz quickly arrived on the crash scene and witnesses said he tried to help Pierre-Louis and Fenelon.
“He was slapping his hands on his bike like he was really upset. I guess when he realized the guy really died. Maybe he wasn’t shooting to kill him but he was visibly upset,” said Kel Crooks, a witness.
A records search shows Pierre-Louis had previous arrests for burglary and drug possession. Simon said he treated his niece well and should not have lost his life.
“It’s hurting right now, because a young life is taken,” said Simon.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. CBS4 News has requested the personnel jacket of Trooper Diaz.
Pierre-Louis’ family told CBS4’s Natalia Zea that they feel the trooper overstepped his authority and have retained an attorney.