FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police said they were forced to fire at a man armed with a firearm and a machete at a bank located in Fort Lauderdale, Friday.
According to Fort Lauderdale Police, officials received a phone call from the TD Bank on the 1700 Block of East Sunrise Boulevard regarding an armed man in the parking lot, just before 10 a.m.
Witnesses said the man was armed with a machete and was walking down the street. “He wasn’t doing what the police wanted him to do, and he had a knife in his hand,” said one onlooker.
However, police said the man, identified as Joshua Carroll, was also armed with a gun. “Armed with a firearm and several other weapons,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Interim Chief Rick Maglione.
Police confronted Carroll and told him to stop. Attempts to apprehend the subject, including the use of a Taser, were unsuccessful.
“He wasn’t really running. He wasn’t walking; he wasn’t running,” said witness Steve Jacobson. “He went around the corner there. Police were right behind him saying ‘stop.'”
Neighbors said he kept going north on 14th Avenue until he was shot. “I heard a shot, and then I saw the guy still continuing down the street,” said Jacobson.
He eventually fell several houses away, dropping his weapon. “Extraordinary, but the police are doing their job,” said neighbor Bill Doerr. “Amen for the police.”
Carroll was taken into custody after suffering an injury that was not life-threatening.
Shortly afterwards, paramedics transported the subject to a nearby hospital. He is expected to be OK.
In an effort of transparency, as of February, Fort Lauderdale Police said they have arranged with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate any police-involved shootings or when a police weapon is discharged.
Carroll has been released from the hospital and is now in the Broward County Jail. He faces aggravated assault, resisting arrest and weapons charges.
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