Florida Highway Patrol trooper fatally shoots man after being fired upon in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Authorities swarmed a very active scene Tuesday night in Delray Beach following a police-involved shooting.

There were actually several different areas that responding officers focused on, but the large scene was just east of Interstate 95 on Atlantic Avenue.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators were quickly at the scene following the shooting, which involved a state trooper.

According to an FHP news release, the trooper attempted to pull over a driver that was driving recklessly on I-95, but the driver refused to stop, leading to a short pursuit.

Authorities said the driver crashed the SUV into another vehicle before driving into a fence near Southwest 10th Avenue.

Witnesses told Local 10 News that after the crash, the suspect ran off behind a community market and opened fire on a trooper that was chasing him.

FHP officials confirmed that the suspect fired at responding troopers, and said one trooper returned fire, killing the suspect behind a Delray Beach home.

Authorities said a rifle and a handgun were recovered at the scene, and it was discovered that the SUV the suspect was driving had been reported stolen.

Authorities have not released the name of the trooper or the man he killed.

The trooper has been placed on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting.

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