Cellphone video, body-cam footage shows deputy fatally shooting man in Lauderdale Lakes

Jean Pedro Pierre can be seen dragging deputy by his leg before being shot

By Christian De La Rosa - Reporter, Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Amy Viteri - Investigative Reporter

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. - Local 10 News has obtained cellphone video and body-cam footage showing the moment that a man was shot and killed by a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy in Lauderdale Lakes.

BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said Jean Pedro Pierre was shot Wednesday after deputies were called to a disturbance at the Sunset Hills Condominium.

Authorities said Pierre was refusing to leave a woman's home before the incident. 

Deputy Sean Youngward was the first to arrive. Coleman-Wright said Youngward was confronted by Pierre, who attacked him.

Witnesses said Pierre struck, punched and kicked the deputy.

The cellphone video seems to corroborate the account and the body-cam footage shows Pierre lunging at Youngward, chasing the deputy and then pushing him down.  

When Deputy Steven Briggs arrived, Youngward was on his back with Pierre dragging him by the leg.

"Let him go, bra," the man recording the cellphone video can be heard telling Pierre. "They gonna shoot you, man. They gonna shoot you."

The man and another witness can be heard in the video telling Briggs, who had his gun drawn, to "tase him."

"He don't have a gun," the other man said. "Tase him."

*** FULL BODY CAM VIDEO FROM DEP. YOUNGWARD: Warning - Video contains images that some might find disturbing ***

The cellphone video shows Pedro let go of Youngward and run off camera. Then three gunshots can be heard.

"Oh, my God," the man on the video said. "God dog it."

The body-cam footage shows the moment Pierre was shot and shows him falling to the ground. 

Pierre was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died.

*** FULL BODY CAM VIDEO FROM DEP. BRIGGS: Warning - Video contains images that some might find disturbing ***

Sheriff Scott Israel held a news conference Friday afternoon to dispel internet rumors about the shooting.

"There's information on social media that's just untrue," Israel said.

The sheriff said among the misinformation online is that Pierre was shot seven times and that Pierre died at the scene.

"Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked by Mr. Pierre," Israel said, calling the incident "a violent encounter."

Israel said Youngward tried to subdue Pierre with a Taser gun. When that didn't work, Israel said, Youngward used an expandable baton.

The sheriff said Briggs gave repeated commands to Pierre that he ignored.

"Mr. Pierre chose a path of non-compliance," Israel said.

Despite the video, Pierre's 18-year-old daughter told Local 10 News that she wants justice for her father.

"My dad needs justice," Stacy Pierre said. "When I saw that footage of my dad getting shot on the floor, it broke my heart.

My heart, my soul is gone. It's gone." 

Pierre's family said they want to know why the deputy shot him because he was not armed. 

Both deputies were placed on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates.

Israel said a grand jury will ultimately determine whether the shooting was justified.

He said both deputies were wearing body cameras. 

"Every American is entitled to their own opinion … but nobody is entitled to their own set of facts," Israel said.

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