Man fatally shot by Plantation police officer identified

Police say Salvado Ellswood, 36, punched officer in face


PLANTATION, Fla. – A man who was fatally shot by a Plantation police officer during a confrontation behind an office building Sunday night has been identified.

Plantation police Detective Philip Toman said Wednesday that Salvado Ellswood, 36, was shot and killed by Officer Erik Carlton.

Toman said Carlton was on routine patrol when he spotted the man behind the Doctors Plus Professional Center and asked him to leave.

"For reasons that we don't know yet, the subject attacked the police officer," Toman said. "He punched him in the face."

Toman said Carlton first deployed his Taser, but it was ineffective. At that point, the officer shot the man. Toman didn't say how many times the man was shot.

Carlton was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

Toman said Ellswood, who was homeless, has an extensive arrest record that includes acts of violence toward law enforcement officers.

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