HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Raw footage from a Hallandale Beach Police officer’s body cam captured the moments he opened fire on a car burglary suspect, early Sunday morning.
The video, released on Monday, shows one man trying to get away from the officer on foot along the 100 block of Golden Isles Drive, while the other tries to drive away in a gray Toyota Corolla, at around 4:30 a.m. The officer is heard telling the suspects to show him their hands.
Seconds later, the footage shows the driver being struck after Hallandale Beach Police Officer Corey Clark fired five shots. “When the vehicle began to take off, the vehicle all of a sudden turned and began turning toward Officer Clark, and Officer Clark discharged his firearm,” said Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy. “Multiple shots were fired at the vehicle.”
The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Michael Wilson, was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police tracked the suspect who got away on foot, identified as 23-year-old Tyler Shuman, by air and on the ground, even sending a police dog into the water. He was later apprehended and taken into custody on the 400 block of Golden Isles Drive, about two hours after the shooting.
Speaking with reporters on Sunday, Hallandale Beach Police Maj. Sonia Quinones said the officer who opened fire determined the driver posed a threat. “I can only tell you that he was in fear for his life and the life of others in the area,” she said, “and he felt forced that he had to take action and fire his weapon in order to save himself and the lives of others.”
Investigators said Shuman and Wilson were trying to break into cars. Wilson was shot in the chest by Clark, who was responding to reports of suspicious activity.
The gunfire woke up area residents. “I was sound asleep, and I heard ‘pop, pop, pop, pop,’ five times and went up to the balcony,” said Sandra Schultz.
“Now, going to work and seeing something like that, you’ve got to be careful,” said area resident Billy Courtney, who also heard the gunshots.
Flournoy said Clark was justified in pulling the trigger. “[The footage] is very compelling. You see how quickly things can change” he said. “In a split-second, our officers nationally face making a decision whether to use deadly force or not.”
Shuman appeared in court on Monday and is facing a murder charge because Wilson was shot and killed. He has also been charged with burglary.
Shuman is being held without bond at the Broward County Jail.
Clark is on administrative leave with pay until an investigation into the incident is complete. It remains unclear if either of the suspects were armed.
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