Armed robbery leads to fatal police-involved shooting in Lauderhill

Lauderhill police say officers from Davie, Plantation involved in shooting

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Dawn Jorgenson

LAUDERHILL, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting Sunday night in Lauderhill.

Lauderhill police Lt. Michael Santiago said the shooting stemmed from an armed robbery.

Santiago said the victim stood at a bus stop near the 800 block of State Road 7 and flagged down an officer who was driving in the area. The victim told the officer that a man pointed a gun at him, stole his backpack and then ran into a nearby neighborhood.

A Lauderhill officer spotted someone who matched the description of the robber running away, and police established a perimeter in the area.

Officers from the cities of Davie and Plantation assisted in the search.

Santiago said officers encountered the suspect in the back of a home on Northwest 39th Avenue, and shots were fired.

"I was in my bedroom, looking at TV, and then I heard, 'Pow, pow, pow,' and I hit the floor because you don't know where a bullet may fall," Annie Forman, who lives in the area, said.

The suspect died at the scene. Santiago said a gun was found near his body.

Santiago said officers from Plantation and Davie were involved in the shooting, and no officers from Lauderhill fired their guns.

The officers who fired the shots were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

No officers were injured.

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