COCONUT CREEK (CBSMiami) – A woman who Coconut Creek police said was driving a stolen car was killed, her passenger was taken into custody, after an officer-involved shooting Monday night.
According to police, an officer spotted the car, which had been reported as stolen out of Parkland, traveling west on Hillsboro Boulevard. The vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a complex that contained several businesses in the 4400 block of West Hillsboro Boulevard.READ MORE: FHP Searching For Men Accused Of Carjacking Good Samaritans
When the driver, Brittni Muldrew, 36, of Boca Raton, reversed the car toward the officers, two of them open fire, according to police.
Muldrew was struck and died on the scene.
“I live on the next street over and about 8:30 p.m. we heard a bunch of shots fired. My son goes ‘those are firecrackers’ and I go ‘no, those are gunshots’,” said Phil Simone.
A woman who lives in the area said she counted five gunshots.READ MORE: US Dept. Of Health: Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Florida Continue To Decline
Muldrew’s passenger, Levon Lopez, 49, of Boca Raton, was not hit by the gunfire and was taken into custody. He was charged with murder while engaged in a felony offense and grand theft auto.
The two officers who fired their weapons were hurt as a result of the incident and taken to the hospital. A third officer was also taken to the hospital for an unrelated medical condition.
A police K9 was also hurt and was taken to a local animal hospital.
All three of the officers have since been released hospital, the K9 remains at the animal hospital.MORE NEWS: Florida Joins Fight Against Partnership Between American Airlines & JetBlue
Per the police department’s policy, the two officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting.