Doctor kills his father, then tries to kill himself in Weston, deputies say

Rafael Azulay barricaded himself inside million-dollar home, authorities say

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Michael Seiden - Reporter

WESTON, Fla. - A Weston doctor who has been repeatedly accused of domestic violence shot and killed his father and then attempted to kill himself Saturday morning, deputies said.

Deputies received a report about a shooting around 8:30 a.m. at the doctor's million-dollar home in the 3200 block of Islewood Avenue, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Rafael Azulay, 43, barricaded himself inside his home when deputies arrived, and a SWAT team was called, Concepcion said. Eventually, Azulay surrendered, and deputies found the body of 67-year-old Asher Azulay, of Pembroke Park, inside.

Deputies said Rafael Azulay had several gunshot wounds. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. His condition was not disclosed.

A Broward County sheriff's deputy was stationed outside Rafael Azulay's gated community in Weston.

Rafael Azulay has a history of trouble with the law.

In 2014 and 2015, Azulay was accused of abusing his girlfriend. The charges were dropped after the victim refused to testify.

In March, Azulay was again accused of beating the same woman, who was at one point his fiancee. According to the arrest report, the victim had bruises on her left eye, both arms and both legs. She had small cuts on her chest, the report said. Azulay was charged with felony battery and was currently out on bond, awaiting trial.

He posted bond in March, according to court documents.

Azulay worked as internist in private practice with privileges at Memorial Regional Hospital. But the hospital severed ties with Azulay after the domestic violence charges became public in 2015.

Azulay previously threatened his former fiancee, saying, “bring her to her mother in a body bag,” according to an arrest affidavit filed in March.

He also got so angry with the woman that investigators said he punched her in the head with a closed fist. The attack left her with a collapsed lung, ruptured left ear drum and multiple facial fractures, officials said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective John Curcio at 954-321-4200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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