WEST PARK, Fla. – Authorities are investigating after a gunman fired a single shot in the direction of a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy, narrowly missing the deputy and his car.
The incident occurred around 4 a.m. Wednesday in the 5700 block of West Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
According to BSO spokeswoman Gerdy St. Louis, the deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle sitting behind a beauty supply store. But as the deputy was pulling up to investigate, the driver got out and fired off a single shot.
St. Louis said the driver then got back into his car and fled the scene, heading north along State Road 7 in Hollywood. BSO also said there was another person inside the car, a juvenile.
Authorities later identified the gunman as 36-year-old Johny Dabrezil.
The deputy followed Dabrezil and other deputies joined in the pursuit, St. Louis said.
According to BSO, deputies and officers with the Hollywood Police Department set up a perimeter in the 5900 block of Dewey Street, but Dabrezil and his passenger were not found.
The juvenile was later found and released by deputies.
Local 10 spotted armed deputies using a K-9 to search from the ground while the Broward County Sheriff’s chopper circled above in the air.
Despite a several hours long search, Dabrezil was not found.
Anyone with information about the driver or passenger is asked to call Detective Matthew Cowart or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.