Police pursuit through parts of Broward County leads to gunfire

Officers detain 2 suspects, 1 needing medical treatment

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A traffic stop in Broward County escalated into a police-involved shooting Sunday morning.

The incident began in Hallandale Beach, when an officer attempted to pull a car over for a moving violation.

The vehicle did not stop and the officer began pursuit.

Police chased the car through Pembroke Road and towards I-95 when the passenger did something unexpected.

“The passenger was seen opening the passenger door and hanging out of the passenger door with a firearm in hand,” Hallandale Beach Police Capt. Ra Shana Dabney-Donovan said.

In Hollywood, at a Shell gas station not far from City Hall, the two suspects inside the car bailed out.

Surveillance video shows the officer’s lights and then, from the corner of the screen, two men dart through the pumps with an officer in pursuit.

Then, as they cross in front of the store, the officer fires his weapon.

“More than one shot was fired,” Dabney-Donovan said. “One suspect is detained in our custody and the other was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

Both men were eventually taken into custody. Jamari Dobard, 21, was arrested and taken to jail. Joseph Knowles, 22, was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He is in stable condition.

Both men are facing multiple felony charges.

“Right now this is an ongoing investigation,” Dabney-Donovan said.

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