FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A murder suspect was shot and killed after he fired on a police officer moving in to arrest him.
The shooting happened Wednesday evening in the area of Sunrise Boulevard near 9th Terrace.
Relatives of the man who died are questioning whether It could have been handled differently.
A U.S. Marshall task force looking for Dytadious Mobley, 31, found him Wednesday night in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and 9th Terrace.
When Fort Lauderdale police moved in to make the arrest, they ordered him to get out of his vehicle.
“The subject refused to come out so less than lethal methods were deployed,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione. “The suspect responded to the less than lethal efforts by discharging a firearm at the police officer on the scene.”
Police said several detectives returned fire and killed Mobley.
No police officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire
“I don’t want you to think of him as a monster,” said John Mobley, Dytadious’ uncle who showed up at the shooting scene Thursday afternoon.
John described his nephew as a loving father to six children.
“Very family oriented. The whole situation doesn’t define his character,” he said.
Mobley had been on the run since January when Fort Lauderdale police say he shot and killed 55-year-old Bernice Jefferson during an argument.
It happened in front of the children he had with Letraveya Jefferson, who is Bernice Jefferson’s daughter.
Letraveya also showed up at the shooting scene Thursday and expressed frustration over the outcome.
“There were plenty of other ways they could have handled that situation. He was shot over 100 times,” she said. “I would rather him go to jail cause I’m a motherless child and my kids are fatherless. For me justice hasn’t been served”
Sunrise Boulevard was closed for most of the evening as the three law enforcement agencies involved; U.S. Marshalls, Fort Lauderdale Police, and Coral Springs Police conducted their investigation.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the police involved shooting.