CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A police-involved shooting in Coral Springs left a 17-year-old suspect hospitalized early Wednesday.
Coral Springs police said officers were called to reports of shots being fired between two drivers near Northwest 38th Avenue and University Drive about 12:30 a.m.
According to an arrest report, witnesses reported hearing between 20 to 30 shots.
Police said officers spotted a white BMW that had been given in the original description from callers. As the driver went eastbound on Sample Road, officers attempted to stop it, but the driver, identified as Alan Christopher Cadelus, fled from police.
According to the arrest report, he eventually crashed the BMW into a curb in the 8300 block of Sample Road.
Police said officers gave loud commands to Cadelus as he got out of his car to "Get on the ground," but Cadelus pointed a Glock 22 handgun at one of the officers.
The officer, identified as Kyle Greene, fired at the teen, striking him once in each leg, the report stated.
Witnesses told Local 10 News they heard the BMW slamming into the sidewalk before the shooting.
"Then four or five shots after that -- like, almost simultaneously -- it was like, boom, then pow, pow, pow," a witness, identified only as Sarah, said.
Another witness, Panayioths Goudas, told Local 10 News that police told him to get away from his window and go to the back of his home because they weren't sure whether the car was going to crash into the front of his house or whether a stray bullet was going to come in.
Cadelus was taken to Broward Health North.
Authorities said Cadelus was interviewed by a detective at the hospital and confessed to being involved in the earlier shooting. The teen told the detective that he was preparing to run away from authorities as he turned toward an officer with the gun in his hand, the report stated.
Police said Cadelus also confessed to throwing the gun in nearby bushes, which was recovered after the shooting.
Police are searching for the driver of the other vehicle -- a silver Dodge Challenger or Charger -- that is believed to have bullet holes in it.
Officers believe the incident was narcotics related.
Cadelus, who authorities said is a senior at Ascend Academy Charter High School, faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, fleeing police, driving with a suspended license and disobeying a traffic control device.
Cadelus' passenger is not facing charges.
Greene was placed on administrative duty as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the police-involved shooting. Coral Springs police will investigate the initial shootout between the two drivers.