DANIA BEACH (CBSMiami) – They heard gunfire and saw a woman drop to the ground.
Stunned Dania Beach residents who live off Northeast 1st Court describe a chaotic scene that unfolded late Wednesday morning.
“I was in my boat and I heard screaming and bang, bang, bang!” said Lewis Major.
Just before 11 a.m., an emergency call came in that one woman was threatening another woman with a knife.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, when deputies arrived the woman who was on the street refused to drop the weapon.
BSO says the woman then lunged at deputies, which is when a deputy fired.
“She was shot three times. It was below the waist,” a witness tells CBS4.
The woman survived the shooting and was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
She has since been identified by police as 40-year-old Kim Nguyen Cholak.
According to police, Nguyen told detectives she fabricated the story of the attack in order to have deputies respond and commit suicide by police.
From Chopper4 you could see on the ground what is known as a launcher at the shooting scene.
It is a less-lethal weapon BSO began using a few years back.
It looks like a 12 gauge shotgun but fires bean bag like projectiles.
“As the call was occurring we were getting ready, but never had time to use it,” said BSO sheriff Gregory Tony.
FDLE is investigating the shooting.