Death investigation near Carter Park underway in Fort Lauderdale

Police: Non-lethal subject control spray deployed when person resisted officers

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A death investigation is underway Saturday after an incident near Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said it is actively investigating in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the death of an individual that happened around 4:30 p.m. at 1450 West Sunrise Blvd.

A preliminary investigation revealed Fort Lauderdale police officers who were working an event at Carter Park were alerted to a person who was exhibiting abnormal behavior, police said. Police found the person a short time later in the middle of traffic just outside of the park on West Sunrise Boulevard.

Police said the officers observed the person placing him or herself and others in danger and attempted to place the person into custody under the Baker Act.

The person resisted the officers' efforts and a brief struggle ensued, in which non-lethal subject control spray was deployed, police said.

The person was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where police said he or she was pronounced dead. The person's identity was not released, pending notification of next of kin.

Police said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct the death investigation.

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