Suspect shot, killed by members of fugitive task force outside mosque

Authorities say attempted murder suspect got out of vehicle holding gun

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - A suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement officers Friday outside a mosque near Fort Lauderdale.

The fatal shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Masjid Al-Iman mosque on Franklin Drive in the Franklin Park neighborhood.

Gadyaces Serralta, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Florida, said members of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force encountered the suspect, who was wanted for attempted murder, in the parking lot. He said the suspect got out of his vehicle, holding a gun, leading members of the task force to open fire, killing him.

A view from Sky 10 showed the uncovered body laying on the ground next to the vehicle. There appeared to be a gun near the body.

"We do not believe that the mosque was involved in any way," Serralta said.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect killed as Hamid Ould-Rouis, 58, who was wanted in connection with an incident in Kissimmee.

According to deputies, Ould-Rouis entered a home on Luminous Loop around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, battered a man and attacked a woman with a knife. 

Deputies said the woman is in critical condition at a local hospital. 

A warrant was later issued for the arrest of Ould-Rouis, which led to U.S. marshalls making contact with him in South Florida, deputies said.

It's unclear whether Ould-Rouis knew his alleged victims or what his motive is believed to have been.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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